Important Characters of To Kill A Mockingbird

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Scout Finch (Jean Louise)
-Narrator of the story
-She is a tomboy, plays & fights with boys.
-Wears overalls & insists she will 'never be interested in clothes' when Alexandra tries to
make her wear dresses.
-As confident talking to adults as she is with children (e.g. Boo Radley when she meets him).
-She is keen to understand & questions what is happening around her.
-She doesn't understand why people are treated differently if they are black or of mixed race
& challenges this.
-Loves books & reading, is intelligent & wants to learn.
-Confronts big & serious issues, e.g. asks about rape, talks about prejudice, court cases. But is
still a child meaning she doesn't always understand & can be naive.

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Jem Finch (Jeremy Atticus)
-4 years older then Scout.
-Can be a bit of a rebel (lies, destroys Mrs Duboses's garden, refuses to go home outside the
-Grows up to be more like Atticus.
-Is proud of Atticus when he shoots the dog, also when he starts to understand him better.
-Tries to explain things to Scout such as the court case & to educate her, like Atticus does.
-He gets very emotional (is scared of Boo, shows anger at Mrs.…read more

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Atticus Finch
-Central character in To Kill a Mockingbird.
-Lawyer ­ studied at Montgomery. Haverfords (1st case, hanged) ­ profound distaste for it
-Helps with various legal problems (such as Cunningham's entailment) He cares for people accepting hickory
nuts of poorer people (not a lawyer for the money).
-Atticus does his defending Tom even though people will look down on him & there is little chance of winning.
He explains he would feel ashamed of himself if he didn't try.…read more

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Aunt Alexandra
-Fits right in to Maycomb (good host, gossips, others approve of her manners and morals).
-Thinks she knows best for the family.
-Tries to get rid of Calpurnia.
-Can be racist, this is shown through Francis repeating a few of the racist comments she
-Is a proud lady.
-After Tom is shot she shows a more sensitive and caring side, putting 'her hands to her
mouth' in shock.
-She also shows through her comments how worried she is about Atticus.…read more

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Dill (Charles Baker Harris)
- 3 years older than Scout.
- Born in Meridian, Mississippi ­ Miss Rachel Haverfords nephew
-Proud he can read.
-Dresses strangely. He has duck-fluff hair, cowlick, blue linen shorts buttoned to his shirt,
and his blue eyes lighten and darken when he tells stories.
- "pocket merlin"
-Has a very active imagination, often preferring it to the truth.
-Can be honest though, such as when he tells the Finch family his Aunt Rachel 'drinks a pint
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Is so upset at Tom's treatment in the court room that he has to leave.
-Can be young and naive, he claims you can get babies from a man on an island.
Tom Robinson
- Lives with wife and 3 children in a little settlement on the edge of town where the negro's
- Is a "faithful" member of his church (Black Church)
- Despite being disabled after catching his arm in a cotton gin, he works for Mr Link Deas.…read more

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He doesn't seem to fuel the situation. Though he does lose faith in the justice system, which is
why he ran away from jail ­ climbing up the fence and being shot multiple times, resulting in
his death.…read more


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