Brief Character Descriptions:

Atticus Finch- Atticus is the widowed father of Jem and Scout. He is an agile attorney who is respected by the townspeople. He also lives his life as a lesson to his children.

Scout Finch- Jean Louise Finch is the narrator and main character of the novel. She likes to dress like a boy and experience almost everything (note the cursing spell she goes through).

Jem Finch- Jem is Scout's brother and is very protective of her. He often presents a balance for Scout and Dill's naivete. The trial of Tom Robinson facilitates his loss of innocence as he grows from a boy to a young man.

Boo Radley- Arthur "Boo" Radley is the Finch's neighbor who never comes out of the house. Jem, Scout and Dill innocently torment Boo with their childlike antics. Their stories have evolved so that they believe he is insane and a murderer of his family. He surprises the children in the end.

Tom Robinson- Tom is a middle aged, black man who Atticus defends in court against charges of rape.

Bob and Mayella Ewell- They are the town "white trash." Bob instigates the trouble and stirs the town to vengeance against Tom Robinson.

Dill- Charles Baker Harris is Mrs. Rachel nephew from Meridian , Mississippi who becomes best friends with Scout and Jem. He visits every summer and joins in on the adventures.

Calpurnia- Cal is the cook, maid, and mother figure of the Finch Family. She provides Scout and Jem with lessons about life that are from the

Aunt Alexandria- Atticus's nosy, yet only looking out for the best of the children, sister. She comes to live with them in an effort to make things easier.

Mrs. Dubose- She is a neighbor who torments the children as they walk past her house. She is seen as courageous by Atticus as she fights an addiction to morphine so she may die free.