Jem is a young boy in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird who is growing up in the town of Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930s. He is the older brother of Scout, the novel’s narrator, and is two years older than her.
Jem is a brave and compassionate boy who is often seen as a role model by his younger sister. He is a good student at school and is also skilled in athletics, particularly in running.
Jem is a kind-hearted boy who is always willing to help others, even if it means putting himself in danger. He is a loyal friend to both Scout and their friend Dill, and he is always ready to stand up for them. He has many friends at school but does not make friends easily because of his shyness around strangers.
Jem can be described as a moral boy who is horrified by injustice—he does not like seeing others treated unfairly or being bullied by those who are bigger than him—and so he often tries to stand up for those who need defending against bullies or other dangers such as fire or floods (or even Mrs Dubose).