To Kill A Mockingbird Quotations Bank - Characters

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To Kill A Mockingbird Quotations Bank & Essay Plans:
Characters
Atticus Finch
·Atticus is the father of Jem and Scout, and is fifty years old. Before he shoots the dog, Scout
describes how old and useless Atticus is as a father; "Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty... he
said he got started late."
·Lee presents him as a good father; Scout describes his approach to bringing up his children; "he
played with us, read to us, and treated us with courteous detachment."
·Atticus believes in being honest and straightforward when parenting Scout and Jem. He always
listens to their opinions and answers their difficult questions, even the embarrassing ones. He treats
the children with respect. When Uncle Jack ignores Scout's question about what a `whore-lady' is,
he tells him he is wrong; "Jack! When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake.
But don't make a production of it." He lets the children go back to hear the verdict of the trial, even
though it could have serious implications; "Well you've heard it all, so you might as well hear the
rest."
·Miss Maudie comments on his consistency of character, both in his private life at home or out in
his business about town. He is always a perfect gentleman, despite provocation from the racist
community of Maycomb. She says "if Atticus Finch drank until he was drunk he wouldn't be as
hard as some men are at their best."
·Judge Taylor also comments on what an honourable and honest gentleman Atticus is. He says; "Mr
Finch is always courteous to everybody. He's not trying to mock you, he's trying to be polite."
·Atticus has an enormous amount of self-respect and pride which is what ensures Tom gets a fair
trial, because Atticus fights against the evil prejudice in his sectarian community. Atticus is the
medium by which Harper Lee expresses her moral philosophy. He is incredibly courageous - he
knows he is going to lose, but his self-respect is too great to let Tom Robinson go undefended. The
black community recognise this when they give Atticus a standing ovation as he leaves the
courtroom; "They were standing. All around us and in the balcony on the opposite wall, the
Negroes were getting to their feet."
·He is keen to instill his own moral values upon his own children and values the children's
acquisition of a moral compass. He leads by example, he explains that he couldn't attempt to
encourage his children to adopt his morals if he didn't set by example; "I couldn't even tell you or
Jem not to do something again... because I could never ask you to mind me again." He says he
wants Jem to respect him; "Before Jem looks at anyone else, he looks at me, and I've tried to live so
I can look squarely back at him."
·Despite having very liberal views, he is tolerant of those with opposing views, such as Mrs
Dubose, who is a typical southern woman, with associated racist views. She calls Atticus a "nigger-
lover", but he still tells Jem and Scout that she is an example of real courage and describes her as
"the bravest person I ever knew".

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He does have some weakness however; whilst he is keen to instill moral values into his children he
does take undue risk with both the lives of himself and his children. Bob Ewell threatens him with a
gun after Atticus leaves the post office; "According to Miss Stephanie Crawford, however, Atticus
was leaving the post office when Mr Ewell approached him, spat on him and threatened to kill
him...…read more

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He does still have some weaknesses; he takes ·"According to Miss Stephanie Crawford,
undue risk with his own life and his children's. however, Atticus was leaving the post office
Bob Ewell comes close to killing him after the when Mr Ewell approached him, spat on him
trial. and threatened to kill him... `Too proud to fight
you nigger-loving bastard'"
Scout "Jean Louise" Finch
·Scout is the first person narrator; events are seen through her eyes. This first person narrative
is very effective.…read more

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She is an intelligent girl - she can read and write before she has started school. She hates school
because she is bored and stifled and tries to persuade Atticus not to make her go; "and she said you
taught me all wrong, so we can't ever read any more, ever. Please don't send me back, please sir.…read more

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SCOUT'S ROLE AS FIRST PERSON ·"I saw he had been crying; his face was dirty
NARRATOR means we have to work things in the right places..."
out for ourselves. She is too young and
innocent to work things out for herself, so we
have to fill in the blanks - she doesn't
understand why Jem is crying after the knot
hole is filled in - we know it is because he
shows sympathy for Boo.…read more

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Scout tells the story as an adult - (although this ·N/A
is unknown to us). We can infer that Scout
grows up to be an intelligent and confident
woman who takes an interest in history and
literature - she could be based on Harper Lee.
Jem Finch
·Jem loves and admires his father Atticus, which is one of the reasons why he beheaded Mrs.
Dubose's camellias. Jem explains to Atticus why he decapitated her camellias; "She said you lawed
for niggers and trash.…read more

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Jem loves and admires his father Atticus - he ·"She said you lawed for niggers and trash."
decapitates Mrs. Dubose's flowers after she
offends Atticus.
He is courageous and brave when he goes to · "Jem's white shirt-tail dipped and bobbed
collect his trousers from the Radley place. like a small ghost dancing away to escape the
coming morning."
Scout values the protection Jem provides for ·"Jem was a born hero"
her.…read more

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Scout at lunch with Walter Cunningham -
something most black maids wouldn't dare to do, and shows Calpurnia's special position in the
family; "Hush your mouth! Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo'
comp'ny..." She is also kind and compassionate when she makes Scout cracking bread when she
comes back from school; "...but with both of us at school today had been an easy one for her. She
knew I loved crackling bread... Calpurnia bent down and kissed me.…read more

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She takes a role as Scout and Jem's surrogate ·"Hush your mouth! Don't matter who they
mother - she is a disciplinarian when she are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo'
disciplines Scout when Walter comes for lunch. comp'ny..."
She also shows her to be compassionate and ·"...but with both of us at school today had
kind when she makes Scout cracking bread been an easy one for her. She knew I loved
after her first day.…read more

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As Dill finds out where he truly belongs when he runs away to stay with Atticus and his family,
Tom Robinson discovers where he really belongs; his fellow `negroes' and Atticus and his family.
·As he is from Mississippi, Dill provides an outsider's view of Maycomb and is therefore less
accepting of what is normally considered the norm there whereas Scout and Jem are comparitively
uninterested in the affairs of Boo Radley.…read more

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harry.arnett

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Maisha19

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