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To Kill A Mockingbird
Character Profiles
Interview: Ron Newquist
Author Information

     Calpurnia: The Finch's black housekeeper, Calpurnia acts as a mother figure and disciplinarian in the Finch household.  Atticus trusts Calpurnia, relies on her for support raising his children, and considers her part of the family.  Calpurnia also gives the children insight into her world when she takes them to her church.

     Tom Robinson: The most important client of Atticus' career, Tom Robinson, a young, black man, is a church going, father of four accused of rape by Mayella Ewell.
     Bob Ewell: The father of eight, Bob Ewell, a white man, and his family live behind Maycomb's dump.  Desperately poor, Ewell uses his welfare money to buy alcohol while his children go hungry.  His nineteen year old daughter, Mayella, accuses Tom Robinson of rape and battery.
     Aunt Alexandra: Atticus' sister, Aunt Alexandra is a proper Southern woman who maintains a strict code about with whom she and her family should associate.  She criticizes Atticus for letting Scout run wild and when she moves into their home during Tom Robinson's trial, Alexandra urges Scout to wear dresses and become a proper lady.
     Miss Maudie: Miss Maudie is the counterpoint to Aunt Alexandra.  A neighbor to the Finch family, Maudie offers Scout a female role model opposite from Alexandra.  Maudie respects the children and admires Atticus.  Unlike the other women in the town, Maudie minds her own business and behaves without pretension or hypocrisy.
     Walter Cunningham: Walter Cunningham plays a small but important role in Mockingbird.  A farming family, the Cunninghams occupy a middle position in Maycomb's class hierarchy above African American citizens and the Ewells but below Atticus and the Finch family. Honest and hard working, Walter Cunningham and his son are respectable community members who represent the potential in everyone to understand right from wrong despite ignorance and prejudice.