Jem Finch (Jeremy Atticus Finch)

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Jem Finch (Jeremy Atticus Finch) by Mind Map: Jem Finch  (Jeremy Atticus Finch)

1. ACTS LIKE Lucy Moloney

1.1. Courageous

1.1.1. "In the midst of this strange assembly, Atticus stood trying to make Jem mind him. 'I ain't going,' was his steady answer to Atticus' threats, requests and finally. 'Please Jem, take them home.'" (Page 168) The night that the men came to the jail to accost Atticus, Jem showed his courage. He was continuously told to head home, both by Atticus and the men. But Jem refuses, instead staying with his father. He wants to protect Atticus, and thinks that staying there beside him against the men is the right thing to do. Even with the slight danger that staying there could hold.

1.2. Polite/Welcoming

1.2.1. "Jem suddenly grinned at him. 'Come on home to dinner with us, Walter,' he said. 'We'd be glad to have you.'" (Page 25) "'Why don't you come over, Charles Baker Harris?' he said. 'Lord, what a name.'" (Page 7) Even at the beginning of the novel, Jem shows his welcoming nature, and his treating of people equally. Despite Dill being seen as a 'peculiarity', he invites him over to play with him and Scout. On the first day back at school he invites Walter Cunningham over for dinner, even though or perhaps because of Scout taking a grudge towards him and beating him up.

1.3. Protective of Scout

1.3.1. Besides, Jem had his little sister to think of. When he said that, I knew he was afraid. Jem had his little sister to think of the time I dared him to jump off the top of the house: “If I got killed, what’d become of you?” (Page 15) Jem is constantly looking after his little sister, making sure that she is safe. The two have their fights like all siblings do, but still watch over the other's back. You can see that Jem cares deeply for Scout, and he tries to set a good example for her, taking after Atticus in that sense. A case where this is shown clearly is near the end of the novel when they are walking home from the school and are attacked, despite the danger to himself he tries to ward off the attacker so his sister will be fine.

2. FEELS LIKE Lachlan Brown

2.1. Scared

2.1.1. "It's just that I can't think of a way to make him come out without him gettin' us " Jem is scared of Boo Radley and dosent want to meat him but wants to act tough infront of Dill.

2.2. Protective

2.2.1. "My sister ain't dirty and I ain't scared of you," Jem is covering for Scout and feels angry that someone insulted her.

2.3. Angry

2.3.1. Not only a Finch waiting on tables, but one of the courthouse lawing for niggers!' Jem stiffened. Mrs Dubose shot had gone home and she knew it. After that is where Jem attacks Mrs Dubose's garden, because he was angry over her insulting Atticus.


3.1. Atticus

3.1.1. 'I didn't know how you were going to do it,' he said to Jem, 'but from now on i'll never worry about what'll become of you, son, you'll always have an idea'. (Page 74) Atticus is saying that he has faith in Jem because he has proved that he can problem solve and fix a sticky situation. He see's Jem as a smart boy that will go far, as shown when he says 'what'll become of you', as this talks about his future.

3.2. Growing up - Scout

3.2.1. 'His maddening superiority was unbearable these days. He didn't want to do anything but read and go off by himself.' (Page 152) Half way through the book, Jem grows up and Scout doesn't really like the change, as he spends less time with her and they're tight-knight sibling friendship that is in the first half weakens. As he grows up he becomes more boastful of his knowledge and wants to show it off to Scout. Although he has 'maddening superiority' and might not want do things with Scout, he still loves her and would do anything to keep her safe, as shown in the scene with Mr Ewell (page 288 - run scout, run!)

3.3. Calpurnia

3.3.1. 'Don't you fret too much over Mister Jem -' she began. 'Mister Jem?' 'Yeah, he's just about Mister Jem now.' 'He ain't that old,' I said. 'All he needs is somebody to beat him up, and i ain't big enough.' ... 'I just can't help if Mister Jem's grown' up. He's gonna want to be off to himself a lot now, doin' whatever boys do,' Calpurnia is explaining to Scout how Jem is growing up and that it's about time that he was called 'Mister Jem'. This highlights the time that the book is set, the way to address ladies was 'Miss' and 'Mrs'. Similarly, when boys grow up to a certain they are labled Mister until they are adult, when it changes to Mr or Dr. This quote shows how Scout doesn't want Jem to grow up because he's changes as he does. She also worries that they're friendship won't carry on into his teenage hood.

4. LOOKS LIKE Stefanie Celebicanin

4.1. Quality

4.1.1. "Jem glanced at me, his eyes twinkling" Page 74. This quote from the book explains the appearance of Jem's eyes. They were twinkling and stood out while he was making a snowman.

4.2. Quality

4.2.1. "Jem's white shirt tail dipped and bobbed like a small ghost dancing away in the morning" Page 63. This quote from the book explains the appearance of Jem's shirt. It gives the readers imagery of what he's clothing looked like in the morning.

4.3. Quality

4.3.1. "I looked at Jem. A point of straight brown hair kicked downwards from his parting" Page 66. This quote from the book explains that Jem had straight brown hair that kicked down from his parting, it gives you an image of what Jem Finch's face/hair style looked like.

4.4. "Jem was standing behind Atticus, groggy and tousled. He was holding his overcoat closed at the neck, his other hand was jammed into his pocket. He looked strangely overweight" Page 76.

4.4.1. This quote from the book gives a description of what Jem looked liked, it shows his clothing, body weight and the way he was standing.