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

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

 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

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
  • Example of the threat that evil poses to innocence and goodness
  • One of the novels "Mockingbirds" - a good person injured by the evil of mankind

Bob Ewell

  • Drunken and unemployed member of Maycomb's poorest family
  • Represents the dark

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