Character Analysis : ' The Point Of View ' Scout '

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Direct Quotes Reactions and Analysis Chapter 1 “When it healed, and Jem’s fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury. His left arm was somewhat shorter than his right; when he stood or walked, the back of his hand was at right angles to his body, his thumb parallel to his thigh. He couldn’t have cared less, so long as he could pass and punt” (Lee 1). From this quote, told in the point of view of Scout, we learn right from the beginning, that Jem is a huge role model for Scout. He is clearly a big influence in her life. He is something of a typical, small-town American Boy. Jem is never worried about what people might think about him, and he just cares about doing the things he loves. He is also very passionate about the things that he loves, and will defend them even if it is risky. Jem, as we learn very early on, is brave, carefree, and a risk-taker. Chapter 2 When I asked Jem what entailment was, and Jem described it as a condition of having your tail in a crack (Lee 21). This reveals Jem’s sense of humor. Jem has a very dry sense of humor, and can come up with jokes in an instant. Jem is very witty and clever. Scout often looks up to Jem for answers and advice, since he is four years older and seemingly wiser, but often, he gives ironic or jokes as replies. Recognizing Scout’s insuperiority, this seems to be one way that Jem boosts his own ego. Jem loves to have a sense of authority over his little
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