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BC: Jeremy Atticus Finch

FC: My Life, Jeremy Atticus Finch

1: Table of Contents page 2...About Me page 3...About Me page 4...Close Relationship:Atticus page 5...Close Relationship:Scout page 6...Life Changing Event: Tom Robinson's Trial page 7...Life Changing Event: Mrs. Dubose's Punnishment page 8...Important Artifact: Gold Stopwatch page 9...Important Artifact: Football Magazines page 10...Character Quote page 11...CharacterQuote Cont.. page 12...Works Cited

2: Hi, my name is Jem. I am the son of Lee and Atticus Finch. I have only one sibling and her name is Jean Louise, but my family calls her Scout. I'm lucky to have a strong relationship with my family considerin' the sorry we went through when my mother passed. I was only six years old when the death happened. Although heart attacks un in her family, I assume mama was doomed. After my mother's death, Atticus hired a woman, Calpurnia, to look after Scout and I while hes is at work. She has made a big impact on my life. Having Calpurnia in the house has taught my obedience and respect for the colored. She | has given me a reason to believe that everyone should be treated equal no matter where the person is from. You might have heard of my father, Atticus Finch. He is a very popular lawyer in the town I live, Macomb. Atticus recently got assigned by Judge Taylor to defend Tom Robinson's case. Atticus is a very calm man who does not worry about others and solves problems through the law rather than through violence. One day I want to be like him and follow into law. I idolize Atticus and would rather risk personal injury than disappoint him. For that reason, when Scout makes poor decisions like the time she snuck Dill, our friend, into Scout's bedroom after he ran away from home, I told Atticus. My sister Scout and I are very close. I look out for her and try to persuade her to do what I know is best. When I was younger, I liked to participate in play acting games with her. These games included my favorite, The Boo Radley. Boo Radley is a man who lieves down the street from us. Boo is known for stabbing his father in the leg with a pair of scissors in his youth. After he returned home from jail, he never left his house besides at night when no one could see him. Other than play-acting | ABOUT ME: JEREMY ATTICUS FINCH

3: games, Scout and I walked by the Radley house in hopes of catching a glimpse of the man. All the kids in town are scared of Boo, but I was the first boy who overcame my fear to run up and touch the Radleys front door, fiddle with the fishing pole to try and leave a a note on Boo’s windowsill, and spearhead the midnight raid on the Radley place. Although those games were fun, right now I’m not into playing with Scout. I’m maturing and Scout still acts like a child. My mind is ready | for mature issues like racism and intolerance. On the edge of manhood, I need to learn more about my family’s past and my future role in society. I have tried to help Scout grow up too and start acting more ladylike, but she won’t budge. I am also trying to understand more about what my father’s hardships are like at work. Everyday someone insults me or Scout because our dad is defendin’ Tom Robinson, a colored man, in his case by pleading innocent. These insults make me so mad that I | once tore up my neighbors flowers after she insulted Atticus. Though I have to say, it was worth it. Throughout learnin’ about Tom’s trial, I began to believe that based on the evidence; there is no way the jury can convict Tom. But when the verdict came back guilty, I felt as though I was physically attacked. I’m now struggling to figure out why people are so eager to divide into groups and hate each other. Scout says it’s because people are just people, but I’m not sure that’s the reason. These events that have happened in my life are not going to stop me from growin’ up. I believe that this society needs the young folks to grow up and change the world. People’s morals right now are not up to standard. Our country says that we fight for equality when we don’t even enforce it. I hope one day I can change how people view the world by putting themselves in other people’s shoes before they judge.

4: Throughout my life I’ve had many important friendships; though, two family members are the most vital people in my life. I do not know what I would do without Atticus and Scout. Atticus, my father, is a very popular lawyer in Macomb. He’s a very wise man who doesn’t worry about what others think of him. Atticus likes solvin’ problems through the law rather than through violence like my sister, Scout. I plan to one day be like him and study the law. I respect my father, but cause I’m his child I occasionally dance ‘round the edges of his rules. You see he doesn’t favor some of me and Scout’s games. One game is what we call The Boo Radley. During the game, Scout and I re-enact scenes from Boo’s life. Atticus doesn’t like this game, but since he ain’t flat out said we can’t play, we often do. Although one night this all changed when the stakes were raised after I participated in the midnight raid on the Radley’s Place. The raid was followed by deadly shots fired by Mr. Radley when he was seein’ a shadow lurking in his yard. Scout sure thinks that a beating from our father is better than riskin’ gettin’shot by Mr. Radley, but I think differently. I would rather walk through fire than have the shame of giving Atticus a reason to be disappointed in me. Don’t get me wrong now. Atticus had taught me many things which includes gentleman | CLOSE RELATIONSHIP: ATTICUS

5: me and her are togethr’ we have fun. Usually we got the same opinions on topics like Boo Radley, Mrs. Dubose, and Atticus so we can relate to each other; though, lately our relationship has been changing as I grow up and go through adolescence. I think the most influensive event in my life is witnessing the Tom Robinson’s Case. I was so sure going into the trial that Tom would be innocent, yet he was charged guilty. Now I see the world for how it really is. I’ve stopped seein’ it through the eyes of a naive child. A few months ago I got along and played with Scout and other children. Now I’ve become very annoyed with Scout and her actions. The trial has taught me about unjust laws and now the world is not always fair. Scout and I still have a very good relationship, but she ain’t old enough yet to realize what the world is like around her. I wish to stay connected with her when I am older, because family is always there for you no matter what. In conclusion, the two most vital people in my life are Atticus, my father, and Scout, my sister. Atticus has taught me how to be a gentlemen, obedience, and honor. Havin’ Scout as my sister has showed me the playful side of life when it seems as though negativity surrounds me. If either of these two people weren’t in my life right now, I don’t know where I would be. | behavior. I usually am very gentleman like, but when Mrs. Dubose insulted Atticus on his moral character one too many times, I snapped. I couldn’t hold myself back once I started rippin’ up her garden full of Camellias. When Atticus found out what I did, he of course was mad and made me agree to read to Mrs. Dubose and show my anger at her words again. Overall Atticus is a very important man I look up to. Through him I have learned to act with honor, but not necessarily with obedience. A second vital person in my life is my sister, Scout. As an oldr’ brother, I look out for her and try to get her to do what I know is best. I gues’ you could say that I use her to boost my ego, but when | CLOSE RELATIONSHIP: SCOUT

6: In my life, I’ve experienced many important events that have created the person I am today. Through these events I have undergone a great maturation process. Maturing has helped me come to understan’ all the events occurring aroun’ me. One of these important events takes place during Atticus’s court case of Tom Robinson. Before the trial, I was oblivious to the fact that racism is abundan’ in Maycomb. I could never grasp the of black people being not as respected as whites. I was not raised in a house supportin’ racism. In addition, having a close black woman, | Calpurnia, working at the house made me wonder, what is wrong with being black? Throughout the trial, I watched with great interest, as I was convinced that based on the evidence, there is no way the jury could convict Tom. The case is that Tom was accused of raping Mayella Ewell, but the truth was that he never raped Mayella. It was all a cover up for Bob Ewell, Mayella’s father, for beating Mayella. Hours later the verdict came back guilty. I was felt sympathy for Tom, but anger towards the Judge and Mr. Ewell. Tears would not stop streamin’ down my eyes. I was grippin’ the rail of my chair in the court room so hard that my fists were turnin’ white. After the trail, I struggled to figure out why people are so willing to divide into groups and hate each other. The Tom Robinson case made me lose faith in human compassion. I believe that a re-birth needs to take place within Maycomb as well as the entire United States. People are people no matter what. No one should receive an unfair trial because of what they look like or where they’re from. | LIFE CHANGING EVENT: TOM ROBINSON'S TRIAL

7: The second important event in my life has to do with Mrs. Dubose. Let me give you a little backgroun’ information about her. Mrs. Dubose is me and Scout’s neighbor. She is an old woman that sits on her porch most of the time because she’s confined to a wheelchair. Her inside appearance is very cruel and disgustin’ to any child, but her outside appearance alone is enough to gross Scout out! Mrs. Dubose has the power to inspire rage and fear just through the strength of her words. One day when Scout and I were on our way to the store to spen’ newly earned money, Mrs. Dubose took her words too far when she insulted Atticus. I became so mad that I destroyed Mrs. Dubose’s camellias with a baton I bought Scout. The consequences of my actions resulted in Atticus making me read out loud to Mrs. Dubose for aroun’ two hours every day after school for a month and a week. These reading lessons were very scary at first, but during this time I realized how brave Mrs. Dubose actually was. She choose to suffer and go through pain trying to defeat her morphine addition over giving in to it. Mrs. Dubose died a few days after my punishment time was up. | She left me a single perfect blossom to give to me as a present to thank me for helping her overcome her addiction. By reading to Mrs. Dubose, I helped the time pass. Atticus explained to me later that night, the scary Mrs. Dubose was in fact nothing else than a morphine addict. She died shortly after she finally freed herself from her addiction. He also told me that she was one of the bravest people he knew and he wanted me to understand that about her. I now view Mrs. Dubose as a brave and courageous woman instead of the sour old | lady I thought her to be. In conclusion, you can see that these important events of my life molded me into who I am today. Without Tom’s trial and the punishments that went along with Mrs. Dubose, I might have never matured the way I did. These significant events caused me to grow up and realize what the world is like outside the walls of my own street in Maycomb, Mississippi. | LIFE CHANGING EVENT: MRS. DUBOSE'S PUNISHMENT

8: Throughout my life I have gained and lost many belongings. Some things I have lost are important to me and others are not as important. The two most significant artifacts to me are my gold stopwatch and my football magazines. I found the gold stopwatch in a tree at the edge of Boo Radley’s lot. The watch does not work; therefore, whenever I wear it I feel like time has stopped. I don’t wanna grow up and tryin’ to ignore time is a way of prolonging the present. I am aware that I’m changin’ into a gentleman, but I want to cherish my formative childhood years forever. | IMPORTANT ARTIFACT: GOLD STOPWATCH

9: The second important artifact in my life is my football magazines. My favorite sport is football. I’ve been tryin’ to play for a league, but since I am small in stature the coach couldn’t put me on the team. I ended up bein’ assigned to the position of the water boy which I’m fine with. I carry out my position on the team with enthusiasm. I try not to miss a game and always do my duties. Recently I broke my arm and messed up my hand. My thumbs point away from my body at a right angle as I walk. At first, I was extremely worried that I would not be able to play football again, but once I found out that I could still punt, I was okay with my condition. My football magazines are very important to me ‘cause when I read ‘em I can escape to my own world and not have to worry about what is goin’ on ‘round me. In conclusion, the two most important items to me are my gold stopwatch because I feel like time has stopped when I wear it and my football magazines because they provide me a place to break away from others when I am stressed. | IMPORTANT ARTIFACT: FOOTBALL MAGAZINES

10: “That’s what I thought too when I was your age. If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley stayed shut up in the house all this time it’s because he wants to stay inside” (227). | CHARACTER QUOTE

11: In Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird, she demonstrates through her characters that outside influences affect the rate of maturity in children. Ten years old when the book begins, Jeremy “Jem” Finch is a character who acts as his sister’s playmate and protector. Maneuvering adolescence throughout the book, Jem matures as he is forced to deal with struggles concerning racism and intolerance. He goes through phases as he comes to grips with reality and wonders why people are so eager to divide into groups and hate each other. Scout thinks people are that way because people are people, but Jem thinks differently, “That’s what I thought too when I was your age. If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley stayed shut up in the house all this timeit’s because he wants to stay inside” (227). This quote demonstrates how Jem has grown up and matured into a man. Jem emerges from the book as a leader. He helps Scout understand how to get along in school, how to respect Atticus and other elders, and why doing what is right, even though the decision might not be popular, is the best thing to do. In Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird, she shows how events surrounding the youth’s environment can increase the rate of development.

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