The Qualities of a Young Boy
Jem Finch is one of the most caring brothers in all of English literature. He also has a dominate presence in the novel. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, there are many attributes that aid in creating an important character analysis of Jeremy Atticus Finch. Throughout the novel there are many character traits that build up Jem’s personality, such as his dominance within the group of children, his extreme bravery and his willingness to be a good brother.
In the novel Jem displays a brotherly outlook on Scout and wants the best for her. During the story, different situations indicate that Jeremy Atticus Finch is a good brother. His brotherly attitude is shown early on when Scout begins her first day of school. On the first day Atticus Could not bring the children to school and with that “Jem condescended to take me to school the first day, a job usually done by parents.”(Lee 15). It shows that Jem is willing to go out of his way to ensure his sister is taken care of even when their father is not around to do so. The next point indicates that Jem has a brotherly outlook over his little sister Scout. During their walk to school Scout has an overwhelming sensation of nervousness, and Jem begins to calm her down. "Don't you cry, now, Scout... don't cry now, don't you worry-" he muttered at me all the way to school" (Lee 62-66). This demonstrates that Jem cares about Scout and that he wants to see her succeed; it also shows that he worries about her well-being. Jem's actions throughout the novel display his affection for Scout and his willingness to be a good brother and ensure she has the help she needs in her life.