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To Kill a Mockingbird Character Tree
Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird Character Tree
To Kill a Mockingbird
Character Tree by: Harper Lee Scout Brother Jem Father Jem is Scout's older brother. He is a typical American boy who is considered as Scout's companion and protector throughout the novel. Jem moves into adolescence and later learns to cope with discrimination that goes on during the Tom Robinson case in the story. "...my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow." pg.3 Atticus Atticus is the father of Jem and Scout. He is a lawyer in Maycomb that comes from a old local family. Throughout the story Atticus teaches Scout and Jem to remain strong and understanding. Devoted to racial equality he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man, charged with raping a white woman. "Atticus...Our father said we where both right." pg.3 Sister Aunt Alexandra Alexandra is the aunt of Scout and Jem, she is also the sister of Atticus. She is the perfect image of a southern lady from the 1930s. Aunt Alexandra has a strong devotion towards her family. Her commitment to tradition and a manner of presenting oneself often leads to conflict between Scout and herself. "...Atticus said, Sister, When you stop to think about it, our generation's practically the first in the Finch family not to marry its cousins...Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion..." pg.130 Neighbor Miss Maudie Atkinson Miss Maudie is the Finches' neighbor, a widow and an old friend of the family. She also agrees on racial equality and is the children's best friend among the adults in Maycomb. Miss Maudie also loves to garden and believes that time is wasted if its spent indoors. "...She loved everything that grew in God's earth...Miss Maudie...had grown up together at Finch's Landing..." pg.42-43 Neighbor Dill Dill is a summer neighbor and friend of Jem, Scout and Miss Maudie. He is a boy with a wild imagination and quickly becomes interested with Boo Radley. Throughout this text he symbolizes the perspective of childhood innocence. "...Miss Maudie's benevolence extended to Jem and Dill, whenever they paused in their pursuits..." pg.43
"We are going to give a note to Boo Radley." pg.46 Friends Scout is the narrator of the story. She lives with her father, Atticus and her brother, Jem and their cook Calpurnia in Maycomb. Scout is a tomboy and hates wearing dresses. She is also the best friend of Dill. In the story she develops a more grown-up perspective that will help her open her eyes and appreciate the good. "Dill blushed and Jem told me to hush, a sure sign that Dill had been studied and found acceptable..." pg.8 Cook Calpurnia "...Calpurnia our cook..." pg.6 Calpurnia is the Finches' black cook. She teaches Scout how to write. In this story Caplurnia is used as a doorway to the black community for Scout and Jem. Church Member Tom Robinson Tom Robinson is a black man that was accused of rape. His relation to Calpurnia is that they both attended the same church.In this story Tom Robinson represents the innocence that lost, because of discrimination. "...Helen can't leave those children to work while Tom's in jail..." pg. 122 Victim Mayella Ewell Mayella Ewell is Mr. Ewell's abused and unhappy daughter. In the story she accuses Tom Robinson for raping her. Although Tom Robinson never raped Mayella, the jury believes her accusation and he was sent to jail. "Who is 'he'?...Mayella pointed to Tom Robinson...He got me round the neck...-I fought' n' hollered, but he had me round the neck..." pg.180 Father Bob Ewell Bob Ewell is an unemployed, mostly drunken man. He is also the father Maycomb's poor family. During this text Ewell is considered as a witness in the Tom Robinson case. In this novel Bob Ewell symbolizes poverty, intolerance and hatred towards different races. "Mr. Ewell... you ran to the house...ran to the window...ran inside...ran to Mayella... ran for Mr.Tate. Did you... run for a doctor?...'no'...Didn't you think she should have had a doctor, immediately?" pg.175 Killer Arthur "Boo" Radley Arthur Radley is referred to as "Boo" in the text. Boo is a man who never leaves his house, and soon decides to step foot outside to help Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell who wants to get revenge with everyone involved with the case. Arthur Radley once thought as creepy and evil reveals himself as a good and caring person in this novel. ..."He's dead, Mr. Finch" pg.266
"Hey, Boo...Jean Louise, this is Mr. Arthur Radley. I believe he already knows you." pg.271 A Character in To Kill a Mockingbird The End