Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem) is Scout's older brother who acts as her constant playmate. Most of the time he acts as a typical American boy who refuses to back down from dares and fantasizes about playing football. He is a smart boy who knows how to not only entertain his little sister, but also himself. Four years older than Scout, he seperates himself from her with games but throughout the whole novel he is always her close companion and protector. Throughout the story he starts the transition from childhood to adolescense. His ideals are shaken badly as he realizes that there is evil and injustice all around him and that racism is sanctioned in Maycomb.

During the trial of Tom Robinson Jem learns about the importance of equality and justice in society. He gets an indication that his father might lose the case and this is one of the reasons why he gets so upset about his town, Maycomb. At the beginning of the trial Jem is vulnerable and confused about the changes taking place as well as the realization that the Maycomb people were all racist towards balck people. Jem learns a life long lesson that there needs to be justice in this world and that everybody is equal no matter what their social status or colour.

From the beginning of the novel Scout is recounting what happens and how Jem had broken his arm. This indicates to the reader that both of these children were affected by what had happened in teh past and that they had perhaps learned life long lessons that would help them to become better people in the world. We learn of how Jem was always the one making up the games and providing the entertainment for his family. However, this changes as he goes through adolscense and develops his own views and opinions about society. This is evident when Jem advises Scout not to bother Atticus at certain times, or not to let comments get to her head because their father already has a lot on his mind. This is a symbol of Jem's maturity and how he has developed from a young boy to a teenager who knows what is happening in the injust and racist world around him.

By: Naomi Borg