To Kill A Mockingbird Characters

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Jean Louise "Scout" Finch

• Narrator/protagonist

• Lives with her father (Atticus) and brother Jem, and their black cook (Calpurnia) in Maycomb

• Intelligent and a tomboy

• Combative Streak and basic faith in the goodness of the people in her community

•  Her faith is tested by the hatred and prejudice during Tom Robinsons trial

• Developes a grown up perspective - appreciates human goodness without ignoring the evil

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Atticus Finch

• Scout and Jems father

• A lawyer in Maycomb descended from an old local family

• Widower with a dry sense of humor

• Instilled in his children a strong sense of morality and justice

• Commited to racial equality

• Functions as the novel's moral backbone


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Jeremy Atticus "Jem" Finch

• Scout's brother and playmate at the beginning of the story

• Typical american boy - refuses to back down from dares and fantasizing about football

• Four years older than Scout

• Seperates himself from Scout but remains her close companion and protector

• Ideals are shaken badly by the evil and injustice he percieves in Tom Robinsons trial


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Bob Ewell

• Drunken and unemployed member of Maycomb's poorest family

• Represents the dark side of the south: ignorance, poverty, squalor, and hate-filled racial prejudice

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Arthur "Boo" Radley

• A recluse, never sets foot outside his house

• Dominates the imaginations of Jem, Scout  and Dill

• Powerful symbol of goodness swathed in an initial shrowd of creepyness

• An intelligent child emotionally damaged by his father

• One of the novels "Mockingbirds" - a good person injured by the evil of mankind

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