Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch
is the main protagonist of the nove. The story takes place during
her years of growing up and maturing. As it begins, she is six years
old. she is the daughter of Atticus Finch. She is very curious about
various topics; school, her neighbor, Boo Radley, and all
the strange people living in the town. She does not want to act
like a "lady", and prefers to run around and play all
day in overalls, and jeans, than sit and do nothing in a dress.
She loves to sit on her father's lap and have him read stories to
her. She really loves to read, and gets very upset when her teacher
tells her to stop reading since she is so far ahead of her classmates.
She lives with her widowed father, older brother and their black
Atticus is the town's most respected lawyer. He is not wealthy, but he is well off in the community and kind towards everyone. He has been assigned a case of defending a black man accused of rape. Now he is both revered and reviled by the townspeople. After all, they do live in the south in the early 1930's. Atticus gives a lot of advice to his children. He tells them that they cannot judge people until they "climb into their skin and walk around in it".
Jeremy Atticus ‘Jem’ Finch
Jem is Scout's older brother. He is 10 as the story begins, and 13 at its end.He is very wise for his age, and also very emotional. He takes after his father Atticus a lot. He is more easy-going and not as adventurous as Scout.
Tom is the black man who was accused of rape by Mayella Ewell. He
is a young man who works around the town doing labor. He was hired
by Mayella to do chores for her. He is strong and a hard worker,
even though his left arm is shriveled and useless. He is innocent
of the crime, but because he is black, he is considered guilty by
Calpurnia is the black maid and cook of the Finch household. She
acts like a mother figure towards Scout, as in the scene where Scout
unknowingly insults a poor neighbor boy, and Calpurnia teaches her
how to behave.
Boo Radley lives near the Finches. He is the subject of various
rumors because he never comes out of his house. All of the children
in Maycomb are afraid of him. He only appears once during the novel,
but this is a crucial episode in the book.
Baker 'Dill' Harris
He visits his aunt, Miss Rachel Haverford, during the summer months.
He is seven yeas old and has a very vivid imagination. He has the
ability to thinks up all sorts of new make-believe games that the
children enjoy playing.
She is a neighbor of the Finch family and knows Atticus' friend
for many years. She respects Atticus and shares his beliefs of all
people being equal regardless of their color.
She is Atticus' sister. She wishes to make Scout behave like a "lady",
and she takes her to a party with all of her older women friends.
She doesn't approve of Atticus' defense of a black man, even though
he is innocent. She is very concerned about how the Finch family
is seen in the community and doesn't want them to do anything that
will make the town go against them
Bob is the head of the least respected and most hated family in
the town. They live like animals and are always dirty and illiterate.
They are not included in any part of the town, as they are considered
too low and animal-like to go with whites, and they are white, so
they can't go with the blacks. The Ewell children only go to school
on the first day, and they are never bathed or in good clothes.
They just go that one day to get their records in, then they never
attend another school day. Bob is an older man, who is very selfish
and cruel. He tries to kill Jem at the end, and he is the one who
most likely raped Mayella, his daughter.
Mayella is the daughter of Bob Ewell. She is a teenager, who is
very lonely and emotional. No one has ever liked her, and when Tom
tries to be nice to her, she accuses him of rape. She lives at the
end of town in squalor with her father and other brothers and sisters
Walter is a classmate of Scout who is extremely poor. He is very
nice. He is very thin because he has various diseases like hookworm.
It is because of Walter's dad that Atticus is not harmed in the
incident at the jail.
She is a very old woman who lives near the Finch family. One time
when Jem and Scout walk past her house, she starts to yell at them
from her window. She says that Jem should be sent to reform school,
and that Scout should quit wearing overalls and start acting like
a lady. She then criticizes Atticus, which enrages Jem and Scout.