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HOW TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD Characters (Chapter 1-3)
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Scout's brother and constant playmate at the beginning of the story. Jem is something of a typical American boy, refusing to back down from dares and fantasizing about playing football. Four years older than Scout, he gradually separates himself from her games, but he remains her close companion and protector throughout the novel. Jem moves into adolescence during the story, and his ideals are shaken badly by the evil and injustice that he perceives during the trial of Tom Robinson.
This character is the main protagonist of the novel. The story takes place during this character years of growing up and maturing. As it begins, this character is six years old. This character is the offspring of Atticus Finch. This character is very curious about various topics; school, this character's frightning neighbor, Boo Radley, and all the strange people living in the town. This character does not want to act like a proper adult, this character will much rather run around and play all day in overalls, and jeans, than sit around wearing uncomfortable clothes. This character loves to sit on this character's father's lap and have him read stories to this character. This character really loves to read, and gets very upset when this character's teacher tells this character to stop reading since this character is so far ahead of this character's classmates.
This character is a recluse who lives near to the Finches. This character is the subject of various rumors that this character is a ghost, or a murderer. All of the kids in Maycomb are afraid of this character. This character is just very shy and this character does not wish to interact with the townspeople.
Scout and Jem's father, a lawyer in Maycomb descended from an old local family. A widower with a dry sense of humor, Atticus has instilled in his children his strong sense of morality and justice. He is one of the few residents of Maycomb committed to racial equality. When he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man charged with raping a white woman, he exposes himself and his family to the anger of the white community. With his strongly held convictions, wisdom, and empathy, Atticus functions as the novel's moral backbone.
a tired, poor, old town in the grips of the Great Depression
This character is a friend of Scout and Jem. This character is seven years old. This character has white hair and is very small for this character's age. This character seems to be very intelligent. This character tells Scout and Jem about all the stories of this character's family in other towns and this character travels to New York. This character has a crush on Scout.
This character is the black maid and cook of the Finch household. This character acts like a parental figure towards Scout, as in the scene where Scout unknowingly insults a poor neighbor boy, and this character teaches her how to behave. This character takes the children to this character's church to sing and pray with them since all of the townspeople like them because Atticus is defending Tom.
Son of Mr. Cunningham and classmate of Scout. Walter cannot afford lunch one day at school and accidentally gets Scout in trouble.
Miss Caroline Fisher
Scout's first teacher who does not get along with scout because she does not like that scout can read and is already learning; Young, inexperienced
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