The six main characters in this novel are Jean Louise (Scout) Finch, Jeremy (Jem) Finch, Atticus Finch, Calpurnia, Dill Harris, and Aunt Alexandra.
Scout is considered to be a “tomboy”; she enjoys the company of her brother and Dill rather than with girls her own age. She is very smart for her age, considering that she could read and write in first grade; she is also observant and curious about the world around her.
Jem is four years older than Scout, and even though he is growing up and he’s slowly separating himself from her, he always makes sure that she is protected and accompanied. He idolizes Atticus, and his morals end up mirroring those of Atticus’s.
Atticus is the father of Scout and Jem, and he makes sure to teach them the morals and lessons he has learned for himself. He is very wise, and he believes in racial equality even when others don’t.
Calpurnia is the family’s African American cook, and she treats the children as if they were her own. She is one of the few educated African Americans in Maycomb, and she makes sure to teach Scout how to write.
Dill Harris is the “weird” neighbor of Scout and Jem who visits every summer. He has an active imagination and from the beginning of the novel, it is seen that he is fascinated by Boo Radley.
Aunt Alexandra is a proper Southern woman, hence why she came to live with her brother Atticus; she wanted to teach Scout how to be a “lady”. Aunt Alexandra is also
Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is honest. Scout is a tomboy at heart and isn’t afraid to show it, and doesn’t try to be someone else. On her first day of school she explains to her teacher who Walter Cunningham is, even though it gets her in trouble.
Scout and Jem’s decisions were impacted greatly by how much Atticus has taught them. The methods he uses to bring them up are differ greatly, and give his children a very different set of beliefs than the majority of the people of Maycomb. For example, he teaches them about empathy, a ‘skill’ that much of the community does not know. “You can never really understand a person... until you climb into their skin and walk around in it” (39). Atticus teaches his kids how to empathize with someone, giving them an ideal to live by. As a child grows up, a lot of times they inherit their parent’s belief system as well. He will continue his open-,minded accepting attitude into his children, and their future decisions will be affected greatly by Atticus’s
In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout’s brother, Jem, was always a good big brother and he also needed to develop just as much as Scout needed to. Jem was as responsible as Dill’s aunt. Until the end of this book, Jem finally realizes that one can’t judge a person unless they know what he or she has been going through. Jem was appreciative that Boo Radley saved his life. Jem knows that Boo was not a crazy man; he was just a shy guy who didn’t want any attention drawn to him.
Atticus is a wise father and helps his children accept people no matter how they look or act. This is evident when he says “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” (Lee 33). Throughout the novel, Jem and Scout mature at different paces. Atticus guides his children as they begin to grow and mature. “It ain’t right, Atticus,” said Jem.” “No son, It’s not right.” (Lee 243). When Atticus lost the case, Jem expressed how he felt. He had tears on his face. Here was a turning point for Jem because he was old enough to understand the case. Atticus comforted him and agreed it was not right. Atticus shows affection towards his children when they saved him from trouble with “the mob”. “As they passed under a streetlight, Atticus reached out and massaged Jem’s hair, his one gesture of affection.” (Lee 176). At first, Atticus may have been frustrated with his children being at the office. Then, their innocence saved him. Atticus has many characteristics and is a loving father. Atticus displays a valuable lesson about equality and fairness for his children.
Imagine you are a lawyer tasked with an impossible case, and everybody in your community is against you, but still there is a shred of hope you cling to. What might that be you ask? That to which you cling are your morals. In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch had been given the Tom Robinson case, where a black man was convicted of raping a white woman. As a single father of two children, he continues to reinforce his values throughout the trial and during his daunting task of raising his children. In To Kill A Mockingbird what Harper Lee suggests about the nature of morals is that you should try to stand up for what you believe in even if people oppose or reject your ideals. Even when faced with an insurmountable opposition you should stand up for your morals because in the end if your don't follow your beliefs you are just contributing to the problem. We should try to create a voice for what we believe in and impress that upon the next generation so they can continue to exercise their beliefs to make the world a better place.
When Aunt Alexandra came to town more than once Scout struggled with her. One time Scout asked Atticus if she could go to church with Calpurnia to which Aunt Alexandra replied no. Scout threw a fit and was scolded by Atticus. Scout later followed Jem upstairs and scolded her too: “Scout, try not to antagonize Aunty, hear?’ … My feathers rose again. ‘You tryin’ to tell me what to do?’” (137). Jem feels that he is doing the right thing by telling Scout to leave Aunt Alexandra alone, but that’s not how Scout sees it. Scout thinks that he has no right to tell her what to do.
Jem, Scout, and Dill go to town and begin to observe all of the people there. When they spot Mr. Dolphus Raymond, Dill is confused by his actions. When Jem explains it, he says “‘That’s just his
Atticus takes very good care of his children, however he is a full time lawyer and cannot always be there for his kids. Jem, just like his father, is very hard working and is always there when someone needs help. He likes to act grown up to show his independence, however secretly has a childish side of him that loves playing games with Scout and their friend Dill. By playing these games, he is able to watch after Scout and make sure she is well taken care of. “As Atticus had once advised me to do, I tried to climb into Jem’s skin and walk around in it: if I had gone alone to the Radley Place at two in the morning, my funeral would have been held the next afternoon”(Lee 77).
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is a man with two children, Jem and Scout. Jem, also known as Jeremy Atticus Finch, plays the role of Scout’s older brother and role model. The time period in which the story takes place consists of the stereotypical, inconsiderate, and unethical white male. Lee, however, personifies Jem as a protective, considerate, and brave character in her story.
In Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Mayella Ewell, a young woman as well as the daughter of Bob Ewell, lives a life of insolence and isolation in the town of Maycomb. As a Ewell, which they are familiarized as being vulgar, uneducated, and indigent, Mayella is disrespected by the people of Maycomb as well as by her father. During the court case, Atticus shows courtesy towards Mayella by addressing her as a miss and a ma’am, which is not surprising for his values of equality. Mistaking his manners with sarcasm, she replies with, “Won’t answer a word you say as long as you keep mockin’ me” (pg.181). Harper Lee is demonstrating the amount of disregard Mayella faces in her life, so much that courtesy can’t be identified as just that. Mayella finds that Atticus is ridiculing her for what she doesn’t have, respect from others. With a reputation such as Mayella’s, people treat her like an outcast. Her lonely life can be a reason to explain why she always asked for Tom Robinson’s company, she wanted to experience friendship and perhaps love for the first time. Her loneliness was so clear to see, even Scout, who still has their childhood-innocent mind, can see through it. Scout compares Mr.Dolphus Raymond’s “mixed children” to Mayella because they both don’t know where to stand in their social class, “white people wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she lived among pigs; Negroes wouldn’t have anything to do with her