Scout: Six-year-old Jean Louise "Scout" Finch narrates Mockingbird. A tomboy at heart,
Scout works hard not to "act like a girl" by wearing overalls instead of dresses and beating up other children who antagonize
her. Scout spends her days playing outside with her older brother, Jem, and her best friend, Dill. Extremely smart
and bright for her age, Scout loves to read spends time reading with her father, Atticus, every night. Spunky and head
strong, Scout often finds herself in trouble with her father, her housekeeper, Calpurnia, her neighbors, her aunt Alexandra,
and her teachers. Despite the rules of etiquette governing life in her small town, Scout voices her opinions and recognizes
hypocrisy and injustice in her elders.
Atticus: Father of Jem and Scout, Atticus
Finch sits on the Alabama State Legislature and acts as Maycomb's leading attorney. The epitome of moral character,
Atticus teaches his children and his community how to stand up for one's beliefs in the face of prejudice and ignorance by
defending a black man, Tom Robinson, wrongfully accused of raping a white woman. Having lost his wife when Scout was
two years old, Atticus devotes himself to his children despite criticism from family and neighbors who think his children
lack discipline and proper guidance. Atticus stands as one of literature's strongest and most positive father figures.
Ten years old when the book begins , Jeremy "Jem" Finch acts as Scout's playmate and protector. Entering adolescence
during the course of Mockingbird, Jem matures as he struggles with issues of racism and intolerance. On the brink
of manhood, Jem goes through phases as he comes to grips with his family's past and his future role in society. Sometimes
moody and sullen, sometimes kind and gentle, Jem emerges as a leader as he helps Scout understand how to get along in school
and reminds her to respect Atticus and their other elders.
Dill: Harper Lee based her character, Charles Baker "Dill" Harris, on her girlhood friend and
famous writer, Truman Capote. Spending his summers with his relative, Miss Rachel, in Maycomb, Dill, who is Scout's
age, comes from a broken family. Dill spins grand tales about his father but runs away from home late in the book because
he feels his mother and step-father don't care about him. During his summer's however, he, Jem, and Scout entertain
themselves by pretending they are characters in plays and attempting to coax Boo Radley out of his house.
Boo Radley: Arthur "Boo" Radley
is Maycomb's town recluse. Myths and rumors about Boo and his family abound. According to town gossip, Boo stabbed
his father in the leg when he was a boy and has since been confined to his house. The children imagine Boo as a ghoulish
figure who eats cats and stalks about the neighborhood under the cover of night. In fact, Boo stands as a figure of
innocence who befriends and protects the children in his own way.