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To Kill a Mockingbird – Character Notes

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Mrs Dubose

Pg. 119 physical description Mostly in chapter 11 Jem and Scout pass her house and she stirs them up about Atticus defending Tom Robinson. Jem ruins every camellia in her garden, and then both are forced to read to her. Morphine addict. Independent, strong willed, courageous, old fashioned, lonely, cantankerous, contrary, prejudice Helps Jem and Scout to discover real courage, pg. 124 Gained self-control important Fear and ignorance driven people to misunderstand Mrs. Dubose.

Mayella Ewell

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Pg. 197 physical description Fragile, confused, nervous, unintelligent Attended the court case, was raped by her dad, case was blamed on Tom Robinson. Pg. 190 – 199 quotes on and about.

Aunt Alexandra

Pg. 141  physical description Harsh, old fashioned, bossy, old, opinionated, honest, over powering, protective, strict. She wanted to change Scout into a ‘proper lady’, determined to make a better difference than Calpurnia. Created more problems than solutions. Didn’t have respect for Calpurnia. Pg. 145, 140 quotes from Aunt Alexandra. Chapter 12 Calpurnia took scout and Jem to black church. Chapter 24  Aunt Alexandra has tea party.

Racism is displayed Calpurnia

Key role is to give guidance to Scout and Jem, shows them the black community. Strong willed, authoritive, responsible, wise, caring, understanding, smart, kind, protective Been with them ever since Jem was born, pg. 6 Pg. 32, 139, 138,

Heck Tate

Sheriff of Maycomb County Pg. 104

Physical Description

Over powering, tall, thin, wealthy, Chapter 10, mad dog shooting Has to arrest Tom, is involved in the court case, Heck Tate defends Jem and Boo from being accused of Bob Ewell’s death Pg. 300 - 304, quotes from Heck Tate

Bob Ewell

Pg. 147  physical description: Involved in the trial against Tom Robinson, rapes his daughter, attacks Jem and Scout Arrogant man, human trash, disgrace, spends welfare money on alcohol, children go hungry, obnoxious, evil, violent, abusive, dirty, rude, Pg. 189 – 192, quotes from court case Pg. 296 – 303, quotes from the attack Miss Rachel: Finch’s next door neighbor. Good friends with Aunt Alexandra, often has tea at the Finch’s house, helps scout to understand that Boo Radley is a nice person, Young, ladylike, mature, Dill’s aunty, Pg. 56, 220, 143,

Scout Finch

Tomboy, always starts fights, rosy cheeks, short black hair, dark brown eyes Independent, courageous, humorous, curious, stubborn, aggressive, short tempered. Story is told by her point of view. Scout saved Tom from being lynched.

Atticus Finch

Lawyer, wise man, highly respected, father, widower, dry sense of humour, sense of morally, one of the few citizens who believes in equality, compassionate, determined, generous, accepting, strong, caring, courageous, humble, calm, courteous, affectionate. The one thing that doesn’t abide by ‘majority rule’ is a man’s conscience.

Jem Finch

Pg. 227  four kinds of people in the world, Pg. 240  why they can’t get along Pg. 13  talking to Dill Four years older than scout, matures throughout the novel, becomes more effected by events because of a deeper understanding, phases in and out of wanting to hang out with Scout, tries hard to protect scout although they fight. Adventurous, imaginative, courageous, caring, loving, righteous, loyal, charismatic, protective, Tall, skinny, dark haired, brown eyes, tries to keep his cool, immature.

Miss Maudie

Same age as Aunt Alexandra, glasses, brown hair, seen as an elderly figure, spends a lot of time in the garden House burns down, Miss Maudie refuses to go to the trial because she believes they are like a ‘Roman Carnival’, great cake maker, supports Atticus’ ideas. Respected, strong willed, friendly, supportive, sharp-tongued, loyal, widowed, brave, idol of Scout Pg. 47 description

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