In this essay I will be exploring the relationship between Jem and Scout
in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Throughout the prose we, as readers see Jem and Scout mature and grow. They live in the Southern American town of Maycomb “ladies bathed before noon, after their three o’clock naps, and by nightfall they were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum”. This quotation portrays Maycomb as luxurious but also boring especially for the two main protagonists Scout and her brother Jem. Lee lived in Alabama as a child in a town called Monroeville, her father was also a lawyer with this in mind I helps the reader to view the novel as realistic.
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Jem and scouts relationship is displayed through the theme familyJem and Scout see their best friend Dill runaway from his parents as they “wen’t paying attention” to him. This makes the children realise how privileged they are to have each other to fall back and depend on. In addition this enlightens the reader, as we also review the children's relationship and how fortunate they are,not to only have a father like Atticus but that they have each other. This again highlights the close relationship the children share as Lee compares it to a bad relationship.
Scout looks up to Jem and thinks very highly of him-“ Jem was a born hero” Lee’s lexical choice here influences the reader to make inferences upon the children's profound, simple relationship by using a simple and short sentence. The lexis also conveys how young and how innocent Scout is as she cannot see the bad in her brother,The theme of innocence is significant in the presentation of scout and how that effects jem’s relationship.
Jem, being the older sibling, feels a responsibility to watch over and care for Scout. This theme of responsibility is seen throughout the prose for example when Miss Maudie’s house is on fire Atticus tells Jem “not to let Scout out of his sight.” He took her outside the Radley place and comforted her by saying “aint no time to worry yet.” This lexical choice conveys Jem as mature and caring. He adapts well to situations, when Atticus ask’s him to do a serious task he immediately becomes more mature. In addition, Lees use of lexis conveys that because Atticus is at work most of the time he feels he needs to step in and take a fatherly role as it is best for Scouts well-being as their close relationship dictates that he should care for her.This Conveys another angle of the children's close relationship as one of fatherly love and affection.
When Jem and Scout start school together Lee presents the sibling relationship as typical because Jem is embarrassed by his sister “Jem was careful to explain that during school hours I was not to bother him.” This quote emphasizes Jem’s embarrassment with Scout but also portrays the theme of hierarchy within the novel. In addition Jem disappoints Scout with this remark as the reader remembers Scouts excitement to enroll in school. The lexis additionally shows Scout as upset and scared that the school may affect her and Jem’s relationship.
The children have to grow up very quickly as they exploited by Maycomb’s racist community. “We laughed”haints hot steam “ This quotations shows that what they were frightened by a...