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
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
Dill- Charles Baker Harris is Mrs. Rachel nephew from
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.