Jem,and his relationship to Harper Lee
Leehad an elder brother who was four years older than her and whom shehas presented in her book through a character called Jem. She paintsthe picture of her entire family in her native locale through commoncharacters though she has given them dissimilar names. In the book tokill a mocking bird, Harper Lee has created the character of Jem toassume the protective and mentoring responsibility that initiallybelongs to their father Atticus in his absence. Both children Scoutas Lee and Jem as Lee’s elder brother have been brought up by theirfather with very upright moral standing amidst a highly segregatedsociety (Lee, 59).
Lee’sbrother according to the book to kill a mocking bird had taken afterhis father so much in almost every aspect of his existence. Jem isportrayed as Atticus son who has been brought up to strongly stand upfor his beliefs irrespective of the circumstances though at the sametime respecting the beliefs of other people. This is clearlywitnessed when for instance at the jail house when they come across aworked up crowd. Their father Atticus commands Jem to take his littlesister Scout home but he is adamant since he knew after his departurehis father would be lynched by the crowd (Lee,62).
Hepersists until one of the farmers roughs him up though he stillstands his ground. His moral standing is applauded again when heshoot can instead of birds as would be expected by the villagers, anact his small sister herself found irrational. He had a choice ofshooting and killing the Bluejays but chose not to out of his strongconviction (Lee,66).Both Atticus and Jem come out as characters of very high moralstandings in a highly segregated society. It also shows that in realsense, Lee looked upon his big brother for inspiration in a seriousmanner, thus creating such a strong character in him in her book.
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