Which of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird BESIDES ATTICUS do you respect the most? Be careful! I'm not asking which one you like the most; I'm asking you which one you respect the most. That's not exactly the same thing.
The character I respect the most in To Kill a Mockingbird is Scout. Although she is only six at the beginning of the book she is already more loyal and steadfast in her beliefs than many of the adults. She always takes the side of her family and her friends. She sticks with Jem as he grows distant from her and she always listens to Atticus even if she doesn't understand what he wants her to do or even if she disagrees with him. She is constantly pressured by her Aunt Alexandria to act more lady-like and to stop playing with the boys but she sticks to who she is and doesn't let the constant nagging bother her. When the trial commences she defends her father under every circumstance even against her cousin Francis. "A nigger-lover. I ain't very sure what it means, but the way Francis said it--tell you one thing right now, Uncle Jack, I'll be--I swear before God if I'll sit there and let him say somethin' about Atticus" (Lee 88). She is loyal to the degree that she defends her father when people are talking down about him even if she doesn't understand what they mean. She stays true to herself and to her family by always staying by their side.
Jem emulates atticus and enforces Atticus’s preachings while serving as a role model for scout. Considering he is 10 years old, and most 10 year old boys can’t take care of themselves let alone their younger sister (whom most older brothers don’t want to deal with), he proves to be a responsible, compassionate and capable boy. He goes through his own transition from a young, naive adolescent into a intelligent, young man. Scout matures by watching Jem experience certain events such as the Tom Robinson trial, which got Jem very upset. Scout becomes more mature through the story by watching Jem grow-up. Jem grows up because he realizes how harsh people can be. He learned this from Atticus, and when the trial is over, Jem says “’It ain’t right,’ [Jem] muttered, all the way to the corner of the square where we found Atticus waiting” (284). He realizes this and Scout sees how upset Jem is and understands Atticus better through Jem seeing how he reacts to certain situations. Jem was very emotionally involved in the trial, he was finally realizing that it wasn’t right that they convicted Tom in the first place, let alone kill him for something that he did not do. Jem was crying while he was saying that it was not fair, and when Jem realizes that the world is unfair, he starts acting more adult like, which rubs off on Scout. Jem acts as another role model to Scout when Atticus is not there, and I respect him for that.