She almost said Atticus was disgracing the family. Jem matured greatly throughout the duration of the book, starting to resemble and idolize his father, achieves the status of a guardian to his sister and introduces a whole new set of ideals in his lifestyle.
As the story progresses, Jem starts to pass that childhood stage, and grows closer to the adult sphere. His own sister finds Jem a genuinely likeable boy, if sometimes capable of "maddening superiority. A father's behavior influences a child's character.
In this coming of age novel there were three distinct moments where I saw Jem and Scout express empathy for someone else that molded and shaped their character. Most people would agree that is his primary trait due to how he acted and reacted in certain situations, such as; when he shot the rabid dog, his decision to defend Tom Robinson and lastly, when he was approached by a mob of men in front of the jail.
In Maycomb, Atticus Finch is a strong figure who firmly believes in equal rights for all men and women He has two children, Scout and Jem, and his wife died when Scout was only two.
This plot dives into the social issues faced by African-Americans in the south, like Tom Robinson. Atticus Finch is not a hero because he only had greater morals than the people of his time, he wanted to be a good role model for his children, and was only doing his job as a lawyer.