Calpurnia
  • Atticus Finch's housekeeper
  • Always looking after Scout and Jem
  • "She was all angles and bones; she was nearsighted; she squinted; her hand was wide as a bed slat and twice as hard." (Lee 6)
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Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose
  • Known to the neighbourhood children to be the meanest lady on the street

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Miss Rachel Haverford
  • Dill's aunt
  • Houses Dill for the summer months

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Arthur (Boo) Radley
  • "Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed but Jem and I had never seen him. People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows. When people's azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he had breathed on them." (Lee 8-9)
  • Boo is the center of the children's fantasies as well as the person that terrified them the most.
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Mr. Radley
  • Arthur Radley's father
  • Insisted on keeping Arthur inside the house as opposed to sending him to an industrial school.
  • Died one winter to causes that Scout never found out about.

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Miss Stephanie Crawford
  • "The neighbourhood scold" who claimed she knew anything and everything about Boo Radley.
  • Fed Jem information about Boo.
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Mr. Nathan Radley
  • Boo's brother.
  • Took over as Boo's keeper when Mr. Radley died.
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Miss Caroline Fisher
  • Scout's first teacher.
  • Disciplines Scout for being literate.
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Walter Cunningham
  • Scout's classmate who she stands up for and later beats up.
  • "Walter Cunningham's face told everybody in the first grade he had hookworms. His absence of shoes told us how he got them. People caught hookworms going barefooted in barnyards and hog wallows. If Walter had owned any shoes he would have worn them the first day of school and then discarded them until mid-winter. He did have on a clean shirt and neatly mended overalls." (Lee 19).
  • Not used to good quality food so he puts molasses on everything.
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Burris Ewell
  • Another one of Scout's poor classmates, who only shows up on the first day of school for legal reasons.
  • No personal hygiene whatsoever
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Little Chuck Little
  • "Little Chuck Little was another member of the population who didn't know where his next meal was coming from, but he was a born gentleman." (Lee 26)

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Miss Maudie Atkinson
  • lives across the street from the Finches
  • "Miss Maudie hated her house: time spent indoors was time wasted. She was a widow, a chameleon lady who worked in her flower beds in an old straw hat and men's coveralls, but after her five o'clock bath she would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty." (Lee 42)

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Uncle Jack Finch
  • Atticus' brother
  • has a job in medicine
  • visits Maycomb every Christmas
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Tom Robinson:


  • A poor and innocent black man, who is wrongly accused of raping a white woman.
  • Tom has a crippled left arm, it got caught in a cotton machine when he was twelve years old.
  • "His left arm was fully twelve inches shorter and his right, and hung dead at his side. It ended in a small shriveled hand, and from as far away as the balcony I could see that it was no use to him" (Lee 186).
  • "Tom was twenty- five years of age; he was married with three children" (Lee 190).
  • Tom Robinson is also symbol for an innocent mockingbird, which was killed by the injustice devil’s hand.
  • Even though Atticus showed a lot of evidence that Bob beat up his daughter not Tom. Tom Robinson is still found guilty of the rape of Mayella just because he is black.
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Mayella Violet Ewell:

  • Mr.Robert Ewell’s daughter and she is 19 years of age.
  • She is a friendless and unhappy girl, who is abused and badly treated by her own father. She also does not have a strong relationship with her siblings.
  • "She seemed somehow fragile-looking, but when she sat facing us in the witness chair she became what she was, a thick-bodied girl accustomed to strenuous labor" (Lee 179).
  • Tom Robinson is the only person who cares and feels pity for Mayella.


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Dophus Raymond:


  • Scout and Jem are two of the very few people who know Raymond’s secret, he is always pretending to be drunk but he is actually not.
  • He once was a wealthy man who owned lots of land by the riverside. After his first wife committed suicide, he started to collapse. The town blamed Raymond and his drinking as the cause of his wife’s death.
  • He is in a relationship with a black woman so his children became a mix between African and American. This was illegal back then.
  • Raymond always pretends to be a drunken man with a bottle of whisky in his hand but it is actually just a bottle of coke with paper bag covering. He does this because he is tired of people bothering him about his family situation.



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Mr. Walter Cunningham:


  • Father of Walter Cunningham, Scout’s classmate.
  • He is Atticus’s client, who needs legal help with a land problem.
  • Walter Cunningham is a poor farmer and his family is consided lower than most people in the town of Maycomb but they are still a step above the Ewells and the Negroes.
  • "Mr. Cunningham wore no hat, and the top half of his forehead was white in contrast to his sunscorched face, which leads me to believe that he wore one most days. He shifted his feet, clad in heavy work shoes" (Lee 153).
  • The things that make the Cunningham’s different from other families are even though they are poor, they would never take anything from anybody because they know that they will not be able to pay it back.
  • The only way that the Cunningham’s family is able to pay for any services is through goods rather than money, because that is all they can afford.


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Robert E. Lee Ewell:


  • People always call him Bob Ewell instead of his actual name Robert Ewell.
  • Bob is left-handed, which becomes an important piece of evidence for the trail of Tom Robinson.
  • "A shock of wispy new-washed hair stood up from his forehead; his nose was thin, pointed, and shiny; he had no chin to peak of- it seemed to be part of his crepey neck" (Lee 170).
  • He is the father of a bunch of uneducated children in the Ewell’s family, who only attend school on the first day.
  • Bob Ewell never really spends time with his family since his wife passed away years ago. Instead he regularly goes out, get drunk and abuses his own children when he gets home.
  • Bob is actually the one that abused Mayella but instead of admitting it, he made up a wholly different story of how Tom Robinson raped and abused his daughter.

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Heck Tate


  • Heck is the sheriff of Maycomb, Heck is a decent man who tries to protect the innocent from danger.
  • “He was as tall as Atticus, but thinner. He was long-nose, wore boots with shiny metal eye-holes, boot pants and a lumber jacket. His belt had a row of bullet sticking in it. He carried a heavy rifle” (Lee 94).
  • Heck is a static character, holding onto his basic principles.



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Judge Taylor

  • Judge Taylor is the Maycomb county judge who presides over the Tom Robison case.
  • “Judge Taylor looking like a sleepy old shark… amiable, white-haired, slightly ruddy- faced, he was a man who ran his court with an alarming informality” (Lee 165).
  • He tries to help Tom by appointing Atticus to the case instead of Maxwell Green the new lawyer, Judge Taylor did this so that Tom has a better chance.

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Link Deas

  • Tom Robinson’s employer. Tom has worked for Link Deas eight years and has never got in trouble.
  • “I just want the whole lot of you to know one thing right now. That boy’s worked for me eight years an’ I ain’t had a speck of trouble outa him. Not a speck” (Lee 195)
  • By his willingness to look back past race and praise the integrity of Tom’s character, Deas epitomize equality.
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Mr. Underwood

  • Mr. Underwood is the editor, writer, and printer for The Maycomb Tribune; he not only ran the office but actually lives in it.
  • “Mr. Underwood not only ran The Maycomb Tribune office, he lived in it. He covered the courthouse and jailhouse news simply by looking out his upstairs window” (Lee 150).
  • Mr. Underwood is a friend of Atticus, does not agree with Atticus defending Tom Robinson, however he protects Atticus by having his gun ready when a mob of Cunningham’s people want to kill Tom.

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Reverend Sykes

  • The preacher at Calpurnia church, who goes out of his way to be kind to Jem and Scout when they go to the church.
  • In the courthouse, he gets them a spot in the balcony where black people sit. He also saves Jem and Scout seats when they go home for dinner.
  • “He was short, stocky man in a black suit, black tie, white shirt, and a gold watch- chain that glinted in the light from the frosted windows” (Lee 120).


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