To Kill a Mockingbird

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Jean Louise Finch (Scout)

The narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is Atticus's daughter, Jem's sister, Alexandra and Jack's niece, and friends with Dill. In the three years the novel covers, she grows… (read full character analysis)

Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem)

Scout's older brother and Atticus's son. Jem is four years older than Scout, and therefore understands many of the events in Maycomb in a way that the younger Scout can't. Intelligent and adventurous… (read full character analysis)

Atticus Finch

Scout and Jem's widowed father, and Alexandra and Jack's brother. He employs Calpurnia, but thinks of her as family. A distinguished lawyer in Maycomb, Atticus believes in moral integrity, and stands up… (read full character analysis)

Arthur Radley (Boo)

A recluse who never sets foot outside his house, Arthur is an object of fascination for many Maycomb residents. Many rumors describe Arthur as a kind of monster who stabbed his father as a boy… (read full character analysis)

Charles Baker Harris (Dill)

Jem and Scout's friend, who visits Maycomb each summer from his home in Meridian, Alabama. Miss Rachel Haverford is his aunt. Dill is an intensely imaginative and sensitive boy who uses his imagination to… (read full character analysis)
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Minor Characters
The Finches' black cook, she essentially raised Scout and Jem. Atticus considers her family. Calpurnia is strict but loving. As a child, Scout resents Calpurnia's rules and restrictions, but as she grows she comes to recognize and respect Calpurnia for her strength, intelligence, and kindness.
Miss Maudie Atkinson
A widowed neighbor of the Finches' and a childhood friend of Atticus, Alexandra, and Jack. Miss Maudie Atkinson is a friend and confidante to the Finch children. Her moral outlook is similar to Atticus's. She loves flowers and nature.
Aunt Alexandra
Atticus and Jack's sister, and Scout and Jem's aunt. Alexandra is stern and often haughty, and she believes in the importance of social class and gender roles.
Tom Robinson
A black man accused of rape by Bob Ewell, and defended by Atticus. Tom is a family man, father, and churchgoer. He does not have the use of his left arm.
Bob Ewell
Mayella's father and the patriarch of the poor, vicious Ewell clan who live in an old cabin near the town dump. Ewell is thoroughly awful, a man who buys alcohol while letting his children go hungry.
Mayella Ewell
Bob Ewell's daughter and oldest child. Lonely, friendless, and the only woman in her family, Mayella accuses Tom Robinson of raping her.
Uncle Jack
Atticus and Alexandra's younger brother. Scout and Jem's uncle.
Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose
An old woman and neighbor of the Finch's. She is an old and bitter woman, and a racist through and through, though Jem and Scout discover she has her own dignity and courage deserving of respect.
Nathan Radley
Boo Radley's older brother. A cold and very religious man, he runs the Radley household.
Heck Tate
The sheriff of Maycomb.
Mr. Underwood
The writer, editor, and publisher of Maycomb's newspaper.
Mr. Dolphus Raymond
A wealthy white man who lives outside town with his black mistress and interracial children.
Mr. Cunningham
One of the poor Cunningham farmers and the father of Walter Cunningham.
Walter Cunningham
Mr. Cunningham's son and Scout's classmate.
Miss Rachel Haverford
Dill's aunt and one of the Finch's neighbors.
Mrs. Grace Merriweather
A member of Aunt Alexandra's social circle in Maycomb.
Miss Stephanie Crawford
A neighbor of the Finch's and a big gossip.
Mr. Avery
Another of the Finch's neighbors.
Cecil Jacobs
One of Scout's classmates.
Judge Taylor
The judge at the trial of Tom Robinson.
Mr. Gilmer
The prosecutor at the trial of Tom Robinson.
Miss Caroline
Scout's first grade teacher.
Miss Gates
Scout's third grade teacher.
Reverend Sykes
The reverend at Calpurnia's church.
A member of the congregation at Calpurnia's Church.
Burris Ewell
A son of Bob Ewell.
Simon Finch
The first member of the Finch family to come to America.