Main Characters Analysis
1. Scout (Jean Louise Finch)
Jean Louise Finch is the main character and the narrator in To Kill a Mockingbird. Her story starts when she is nearly 6 years old. This rebellious tomboy is depicted as having a fierce disposition – particularly to anyone who dares challenge her. However, she innately believes that people are naturally good. As such, she reacts to the novel’s terrible happenings without ever losing her hope in humanity.
2. Jem (Jeremy Finch)
Jem, Scout’s older brother, is almost 10 when the story begins. More reserved and quieter than his spirits, he still has exceptionally high expectations and standards for people. As such, he has a hard time resolving his feelings when people fail to meet most of his expectations.
3. Dill (Charles Baker Harris)
A bit older than Scout, Dill is friends with the Finch family. Diminutive in height, he is as adventurous as he is imaginative. Scout’s best friend, he initiates the first ever expedition to Radley house.
Since his family life isn’t ideal, he has a tendency to resort to escapism whenever he meets a hurdle. He also spends most summers at his aunt’s – right next door to the Finch’s.
4. Atticus Finch
Jem and Scout’s father, Atticus is a lawyer. Morally upright, he always deals fairly with everyone. He is sometimes depicted as being overly optimistic although he is sustained by his hope in mankind as well as his striving to do and be good.
Atticus lost his wife when Scout was young, leading him to rely on Calpurnia (his cook and housekeeper) to help him raise the children.
5. Boo Radley
Boo is a recluse. He got into a tussle with the police when he was younger and his strictly reclusive and religious parents have since resorted to keeping him indoors. A prisoner within his own home, he once stabbed his father and fled. No one ever saw him after that.
Due to his antics, a myth goes around the town saying that Boo is an insane monster who peers into people’s windows whenever he goes wandering around at night. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, he lives with his highly controlling brother.
6. Tom Robinson
Tom is a black man. False charges were leveled against him asserting he raped Mayella Ewell. Atticus Finch takes on his case, all the while knowing it could all be in vain but still determined to show the local white community that its morals have degenerated.
Calpurnia is the black woman working as cook and housekeeper for the Finch family. She ranks among the numerous motherly figures in Jean Louise Finch’s life – as well as one of the minorities who are able to negotiate between the highly segregated white and black worlds of Maycomb.
8. Aunt Alexandra
Atticus Finch’s sister, Aunt Alexandra has the strictest, most traditional ideas on society and on the role of the Southern woman. She attempts to teach this code of conduct to Scout to no avail. Alexandra is overly concerned about raising the Finch family properly, and appears in the summer to stay with the children.
9. Maudie Atkinson
Witty, kind, and cheerful, Maudie is Scout’s trusted friend and neighbor. She upholds a rather strong moral code. She also helps the children understand the events surrounding the Robinson trial. Additionally, Maudie loves gardening.
10. Bob Ewell
Bob is not only ignorant, he is also evil. A member of Maycomb society’s lowest substratum, Bob lives with his 9 motherless children near the town’s dump. The trial unearthed evidence that he caught Tom kissing his daughter, beat her up, and ordered her to claim that Tom had raped her.
To Kill A Mockingbird Secondary Characters List
- Caroline Fisher
- Dolphus Raymond
- Mrs Orman
- Mr Cunningham