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To Kill a Mockingbird: the Brave Jem Finch

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To Kill A Mockingbird: The Brave Jem Finch

The book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, has manycharacters and themes. The main themes are racism and theinteraction of colored and white people in the south. The settingis Maycomb County, Alabama. The main characters are the Finchfamily; father Atticus, daughter and narrater Jean Louise (Scout),and her older brother, Jem Finch. Jem was a brave boy. He was brave enough to stand up and do the things he had to, even if they scared him. An example is when he had to help cure Mrs. Dubose's drug problem.

The following Monday Jem and I climbed the steep front steps to Mrs. Dubose's house..." "So, you brought that dirty little sister of yours, did you?" was her greeting. Jem said quietly, "My sister isn't dirty and I ain't scared of you," although I noticed his knees shaking.

Jem Finch's bravery had many ways of showing itself. He often got scared but he didn't want anyone (especially Scout) to know it. He would often do things even if he really didn't want to, because he was brave and proud. This pride was for himself and his family.His father was very important to him; Jem thought it was his dutyto stick up for his father when others in the town said thingsabout him.

"Jem," he said, "are you responsible for this?" "Yes sir." "Why'd you do it?" Jem said softly, "She said you lawed for niggers and trash."

Jems bravery was also evident in other character traits;emotions were a large part of his life. Because Atticus was a lawyer, Jem often went to the court room and noticed the variety ofstrong emotions that are invoked by the pressure and atmosphere ofthe courtroom. Jems bravery makes him conscious of his emotionsand he doesn't always want others to know how he feels. Scoutknows that he always waits until he thinks it is the right time toreveal his emotions.

"I can get the janitor to let you in...Scout?" "Hm?" "Nothing." Jem hadn't started like that in a long time.

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