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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bob Ewell's daughter and oldest child. Lonely, friendless, and the only woman in her family, Mayella accuses Tom Robinson of raping her.
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.
Boo Radley's older brother. A cold and very religious man, he runs the Radley household.
The sheriff of Maycomb.
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.
One of the poor Cunningham farmers and the father of 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.
Another of the Finch's neighbors.
One of Scout's classmates.
The judge at the trial of Tom Robinson.
The prosecutor at the trial of Tom Robinson.
Scout's first grade teacher.
Scout's third grade teacher.
The reverend at Calpurnia's church.
A member of the congregation at Calpurnia's Church.
A son of Bob Ewell.
The first member of the Finch family to come to America.