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Analysis of Jem and Atticus in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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Introduction

Ten years old when the novel begins, Jeremy "Jem" Finch acts as Scout's playmate and protector who is Entering adolescence during the course of "To Kill A Mockingbird". He is introduced and illustrated through the narrative of his younger sibling Scout's somewhat bias outlook on life, who adores him and trust his judgment. Throughout the text, Scout sees Jem display characteristics similar to that of Atticus contradicting their common society. One characteristic shown by Jem Finch is his ability to empathize or "....climb into their skin and walk around in it". The reader first discovers this characteristic about Jem when he stops Scout from "bashing up Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard" and invites him over for dinner. Jem stops Scout from abusing Walter because he knows the ordeals the Cunningham family faces such as entailments and poverty. ...read more.

Middle

This demonstrates to the reader the authority that Jem has obtained with time and how the adult world can imprint itself on to children who are faced with adult circumstances such as the Tom Robinson trial. On top of Jem's chivalry and intellect, it is apparent that he is very imaginative and is absorbed in the gossip surrounding Boo Radley, describing him to be "six and a half feet tall... he dined on raw squirrels and any cat that he could catch..". Jem's Gothic description shows that he is still relatively immature and captivated by his childlike imagination. Atticus Finch is a widower and father of two children. He can best be summed up as a man whose character is nearly the complete opposite of the general population of the town and indeed, many white people who lived in the southern states of America. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows Atticus's strong sense of justice and his willingness to protect the innocent demonstrating to the reader how high his morals are. Atticus is also heroic figure in the novel; however, Scout and Jem take him for granted. They are embarrassed that he is not like the other fathers as "He does not hunt or fish and he is older than other parents". However, when a disease ridden dog comes to town, Atticus is the one chosen to put the dog out of its misery. Sheriff Tate recognizes that only Atticus could take the dog down in a single shot. At first, Atticus shows his modesty by denying his won ability. He finally accepted and indeed hit the dog on the first shot. He does not hunt because he does not believe in killing, but when it comes to protecting his family and the people of Maycomb, he takes the task head on. This demonstrates to the reader just how reliant Maycomb is on Atticus. ...read more.

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