Analyze Jem and Scout's Relationship in to Kill a Mocking Bird

Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, Atticus Finch Pages: 5 (2183 words) Published: April 7, 2011
To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay| March 9
| “As the novel progresses, Jem's relationship with Scout changes as he grows up and forges new relationships. He is also older so he understands more. Write an essay confirming that.”

Like branch to tree, like sand to sea, their bond is unbroken. They witness each other’s triumphs and failures; they share each other’s memories and sorrows, they have their inside jokes, and have their secrets __ secrets that are deeply kept within their hearts and minds. What is this extraordinary bond? It is the bond of brother and sister; a bond that is certainly unbroken. The 1961 Pulitzer winning novel, “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” by renowned author Harper Lee, portrays a lot about relationships, especially brother-sister relationships. The most significant relationship is the brother-sister relationship between Jean Louise Finch, better known as Scout, and Jeremy Finch, better known as Jem. Even though they have a four year difference in age, they are very close. They live in the state of Alabama, in the county of Maycomb. They’re born to Atticus Finch, who is a lawyer and is known to be virtuous, and a mother who died when Scout was at the age of two from a heart attack. Mother figures in their life may include: Miss Maudie Atkinson, Aunt Alexandra Finch, and Calpurnia. In Maycomb, the county they live in, “…there was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County,” (pg 3). As a result of this, they spend their time playing with each other, and playing with Dill, their friend who comes almost every summer to visit his aunt. Throughout this novel, Jem and Scout go through three different stages in their relationship, in which they sometimes drift apart. But even so, it is well-known that, “Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet,” Vietnamese Proverb. The first stage in Jem and Scout’s relationship is a stage in which they are really close and together most of the time. They spent their time along with Dill, acting out scenes from their imaginations of the Radley family, and they somehow try to lure Boo Radley out of his house. There are several things that indicate Jem and Scout’s relationship at this stage. Firstly, when Dill was trying to convince Jem to touch the Radley House’s door, Scout said ( as a result of Jem refusing to touch the door), “ 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?” (pg 9) This shows how he is concerned for his sister, and how much he really cares for her. Secondly, when Scout was complaining to Jem about Miss Caroline, “He asked how I was getting along. I told him. If I didn’t have to stay I’d leave. Jem, that damn lady says Atticus’s been teaching me to read and for him to stop it. “Don’t worry, Scout,” Jem confronted me. “Our teacher says Miss Caroline is introducing a new way of teaching. She learned about in college. It’ll be in all grades soon. You don’t have to learn much out of books that way – it’s like if you wanta learn about cows, you go milk one, see?” (pg 13) It shows here that Jem cares about his sister; he wanted to know how her first day of school went. Also, how he answered Scout shows how concerned he is, and how much he doesn’t want her to get upset. He tried to cheer her up by saying that it’s a great system. Also, for Scout to tell Jem how she is feeling, it shows how open she is with him, and that she can tell him anything. Thirdly, when Scout was bullying Walter Cunningham, Jem stopped her, and said that she shouldn’t be bullying people that are smaller than her. Also, right after that, he invited Walter Cunningham to dinner. This shows that he feels that it was a sense of duty, to stop his sister from doing something wrong. It was as if he was somewhat as a father figure. This also shows that Scout respects her brother, because...
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