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Atticus Finch

Father to Scout and Jem; lawyer who defends Tom Robinson

Jean Louise Finch

Scout; daughter of Atticus, sister of Jem

Jeremy Atticus Finch

Jem; son of Atticus, brother to Scout


The Finch's housekeeper; acts as a more distant mother-figure to Jem and Scout

Charles Baker Harris

Dill; visits next door during the summer

Miss Maudie

Finch's neighbor, children's best friend among the adults of Maycomb.

Miss Caroline

Young teacher, disaproves of Scout's reading ability

Boo Radley

Rarely leaves the house, leaves Jem and Scout trinkets

Nathan Radley

The stern distant brother of Boo who seldom speaks even though he is seen every day

Walter Cunningham

Scout's school mate who cannot afford lunch

Aunt Alexandra

Atticus's sister, a strong-willed woman with a fierce devotion to her family. She is the perfect Southern lady, and her commitment to propriety and tradition often leads her to clash with Scout.

Miss Stephanie

The neighborhood gossip

Uncle Jack

Atticus and Alexandra's brother; visits at Christmas; is a doctor

Burris Ewell

Filthy, cusses out the teacher, only goes to the first day of school every year

Great Depression

the economic crisis beginning with the stock market crash in 1929 and continuing through the 1930s

Maycomb, Alabama

Name of the town in TKAM.

Harper Lee

Author of To Kill A Mockingbird


A time for courage, education, prejudices, racial discrimination, loss of innocence, coming of age, etc.

First Person

Point of View in To Kill a Mockingbird

Mrs. Dubose

An old lady who lives down the street and who screams at the children as they pass her house.

Tom Robinson

An African-American man defended by Atticus

Cecil Jacobs

Scout's classmate who insults Atticus


Maycomb's usual disease

Heck Tate

Sheriff of Maycomb

Tim Johnson

Mad dog

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