TKAM Character Anylisis
Boo Radley, the neighborhood mystery, is a kind honorable man. Despite his neighbors' views of him and the lingering rumor. Boo is kind and honorable because when he heard that the children were in trouble he came to help rather than ignoring their screams. Atticus demonstrates his gratification to Boo when he says, " Thank you for my children, Arthur" (Lee 276). Due to his dramatic appearance when the children needed him most, Boo Radley is dubbed the hero of the novel.
Dill Harris, Scout's best friend, is a boy who often finds his curiosity getting him in trouble. Perhaps the most significant of Dill's curiosities was of the Radley Place. Scout narrates, "The Radley Place fascinated Dill. In spite of our warnings and explanations it drew him as the moon draws water" (Lee 8). This is the most significant of the things Dill found himself investigating because it led Jem and Scout to also become curious of Boo Radley's life.
Jem Finch, Scouts older brother, who desires to protect his sister, and make her feel safe. This is demonstrated throughout the entire novel. One specific situation Jem does this for Scout is when she was scared of Mr. Ewell hurting them. Scout tells the readers about this situation when she says, " Jem told me not to be afraid, Mr. Ewell was more hot gas than anything." (Lee 241). Jem tries to make Scout feel safe when he tells her this, so she didn't worry about herself or the family. Jem (Phillip Alford), Scout (Mary Badham) and Dill (John Megna) to the courthouse where they observe Atticus (Gregory Peck) in early proceedings, then we see him confronted by Ewell (James Anderson), father of the victim, in <B>To Kill A Mockingbird</B> 1963.
Bob Ewell, the man who threatens the Finch's, is a terrible man seeking revenge on all who did him wrong. Ewell attempted to harm the children by ambushing them in the dark only to kill himself instead. Mr. Heck Tate informs us of his death and deed when he says, "Bob Ewell's lyin' on the ground under that tree down yonder with a kitchen knife stuck up under his ribs. He's dead, Mr. Finch" (Lee 266). Mr. Ewell was the neighborhood trash whom many did not accept or like. To Kill A Mockingbird Mostly audio bc of lighting, but still a good representation of the children being attacked by Bob Ewell
Atticus Finch, Jem and Scout's father, is a protective figure both for the community and his children. He protects his children the day that the trial of Tom Robinson's case is. Atticus shows his care for his children by saying, "Jem, I don't want you and Scout downtown today please" (Lee 158). Atticus cares about his family, the community, and those treated unequally. To Kill A Mockingbird - Atticus shoots a mad dog - YouTube
Calpurnia, the Finch's house help, is much similar to a mother figure to Scout and Jem. Calpurnia was with the Finchs since Jem was born. Scout proves how involved with their lives when she says, "She had been with us every since Jem was born, and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember" (Lee 6). Calpurnia spent most of her time tending to the needs of the children. Jem (Phillip Alford) and Scout (Mary Badham) in the tree-house, first meet Dill (John Megna), tell him legends of Boo Radley, underlined by Aunt Stephanie (Alice Ghostley), early in <B>To Kill A Mockingbird</B>, 1962, directed by Robert Mulligan.
Aunt Alexandra, Atticus' sister, has a cold and distant exterior, but inside she is loving and much like a mother. Upon her arrival to the Finch house she was cold and rude to those in it. Scout shows her hostility to Calpurnia by saying, " 'Put my bag in the front bedroom, Calpurnia' was the first thing Aunt Alexandra said" (Lee 127). Once settling into life in Maycomb she becomes warmer and kinder. This is proven when she got upset the night that the kids were attacked. This is proven when Aunt Alexandra says, "Atticus, I had a feeling about this tonight- I -this is my fault, I should have-" (Lee 267).
Mayella Ewell, the girl who caused the trial with Tom, is a lonely sad person. Mayella went after Tom Robinson because she has longed for romance her entire life, then let him take the fall to save her name. Mayella had never even had friends, this is proven when Scout says, " The witness frowned as if puzzled. "Friends?" (Lee 183), this response was to Atticus' questioning if she has friends. I got one thing to say :p
Tom Robinson, a hard working black, was an innocent harmless man. Not only did he go to work and work hard at it, but his boss testified that Tom had not caused a problem the whole time. Piles of evidence were compiled in Tom's favor but he was still convicted due to him being black. Atticus believed there was a chance to get Tom out of jail, this is proven when Scout narrates, " Atticus leaned against the refrigerator, pushed up his glasses, and rubbed his eyes. ' We had such a good chance.' he said" (Lee 235). Tom later took his own life in an attempt to escape from prison, and many forgot him shortly after.
Heck Tate, the Maycomb County Sheriff, is a man who desperately tries to protect those in his town. Mr. Heck Tate was usually looking out for the good of the citizens of Maycomb. This is proven when he was in Jem's room after the attack and he states, " 'If you don't mind,' said Mr. Tate, 'I'd rather us stay in here if it won't hurt Jem any. I want to have a look at his injuries while Scout...tells us about it'" (Lee 267). Even after knowing that the attacker was dead, Heck Tate was still worried about the children and their story, thus proving that he cares about them.
Miss Maudie Atkinson, the Finch's neighbor, is an understanding woman. Of all of their neighbors the Finch children like her the most. When Jem and Scout used Miss Maudie's hat on their snowman she made a fuss, Atticus told the children, " 'She's just fussing,.. She's really impressed with your- accomplishments'" (Lee 68). Although not as close with the children as Calpurnia, Miss Maudie also acts as a kind of maturnal figure. <br>
Scout Finch, the narrator of the novel, in the beginning of the novel can be seen as naive. As the plot progresses so does her maturity. Up until the Tom Robinson case had begun Scout was clueless to the ways of society's when it comes to the blacks in the community. After fighting with Cecil Jacobs when he made fun of Atticus for defending African Americans Scout asked Jem, " What'd he mean sayin' that?" (Lee 74). By the end of the novel Scout can see both the good and the bad of the people in her community. For entertainment purpose only.

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