To Kill a Mockingbird
Jem Finch
Themes and Setting
The Trial

Jeremy Atticus Finch

Jem is Scout's older brother (he is four years older). He's about ten years old at the beginning of the story. He and Scout are very close when they grow up, but after some time, he wants to be more alone because he feels that he is a man, and Scout is a little girl.
Scout idols her brother and believes just about anything he says. He told her earlier that the system that they were teaching at school was called the Dewey Decimal System, when we know that the Dewey Decimal System is the way the libraries organize their books.
Jem makes a snowman made out of snow and earth. It represents the town by showing that they do not accept the blacks for who they are, and that they don't look beyond the cover. Everyone driving by would think that the snowman was made completely of snow, but Jem and Scout knew that the inner layer was made of dirt.
Atticus told Jem that he should never kill a mockingbird with his new air gun because it was the worst sin anyone could ever commit. Mockingbirds sing their hearts out just for us to hear them, and to kill one would be the worst thing a person could ever do.
During the trial, Jem "counts his chickens" according to Scout, and he thinks "knows" father won the case, but the man is sentenced to death because of his race.

(Scout, Jem and Dill in the jail confrontation scene)