Jem, Scout, and Dill live in Maycomb, Alabama around the 1930’s, having to struggle through slavery and the poor family’s trying to scrape by. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem, Scout, and Dill have some great courage throughout the novel as they have loyalty in their relationships as seen in character, conflict, and symbolism.
The main characters in the story show relationships throughout the novel. There is a tight relationship between Jem, Scout, and Dill; they show courage and great friendship through their good times and their bad times. (“With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable” (98). When Atticus said that he was explaining to the children that people in your life effect you greatly even if it starts to seem routine. The children go to the Finch house every day and then go to the courthouse to see Atticus. Jem, Dill and Scout are close friends because they are brother and sister, but Jem has an exceptional good relationship with Dill. Scout, the narrator in this book, is nosey and always wants to know what is happening. “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it-whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash” (183). Atticus teaching the children made them even closer because he has taught all of them to be “alike in gentility” but he wants them to be different from all of the normal white people.
The children are getting better relationship together not just through hard times but the good ones also. The children are using a hole in the tree to communicate, which is also starting to cause some conflict between the children and Nathan Radley. Jem, Scout, and Dill put notes in the tree hole which is going to Boo Radley. “But don’t make a production of it. Children are Children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults and evasion simply muddles ‘em” (75). Nathan concretes the hole because he didn’t want the children communicating any longer. Even though they were mad about the hole getting concreted they didn’t make a big deal of it. Atticus told them not to be messing with that boy so they knew it was alright because he has taught them many life lessons and has been correct about them, “It was times like these when I thought – was the bravest man who ever lived” (86). Atticus was a huge mentor in their life and they have seen him defending the hopeless and not giving up just because they are black against an all-white jury.
Atticus is teaching Jem, Scout and Dill to have a northern attitude rather than the other southern people. “Be any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box” (183). Atticus is teaching this because he has to defend the black people and doesn’t think it is fair their bias judgment because of their race. He goes to work every day knowing that his job isn’t to believe the defendants story it’s to defend their story, it’s that he wants justice to be ruled fairly in the