Chapter 1: Jem’s Characterization “Our first raid came to pass only because Dill bet Jem The Gray Ghost against two Tom Swifts that Jem, wouldn’t get past the Radley gate. In all his life, Jem had never declined a dare.
Jem thought about it for three more days. I suppose he loved honor more than his head, for Dill wore him down easily: ‘You’re scared,’ Dill said the first day. ‘Ain’t scared, just respectful,’ Jem said. The next day Dill said, ‘You’re too scared to even put your big toe I the front yard.’ Jem said he reckoned he wasn’t, he’d passed the Radley Place every school day of his life.
‘Always runnin’,’ I said.
But Dill got him the third day, when he told Jem that folks in Meridian certainly weren’t as afraid as folks in Maycomb, that he’d never seen such scary folks as the ones in Maycomb. () This passage is characterizing Jem. It is telling us that he is a bit of a daredevil, as he has never turned down a dare. He is brave, because a dare like touching the Radley House would be scary and daunting, and most people would not go into their yard let alone touch the house. Jem is also stupid for going along with the dares his friends and his sister give him, because often people dare another to do stupid things. This also reveals that Jem easily gives in to peer pressure, as Dill is urging him to touch the house, and Jem finally does it because Dill is urging him to execute the dare. Chapter 2: Miss Caroline’s Characterization
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