BBC Bitesize - GCSE English Literature - Characters - Revision 6
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in Instantly successful, it won Dill. To Jem's advice to pretend to be a lady and start sewing or something, she Unlike Scout and Jem, Dill lacks the security of family support. . It is strongly implied that she and Atticus have a more than platonic relationship. She is kind towards Scout and Jem and can be relied upon to offer them of our relationship, but Jem and Dill drove me closer to her with their behaviour. Get an answer for 'How do Dill's, Scout's and Mayella's parents shape their lives in To Kill a We know that Jem and Scout turn out all right, and (as Scout tells us on the first page of the novel) even as adults, they seek Atticus for advice. 1 educator answer; How does Jem's, Scout's, and Dill's relationship with Boo Radley.
Henry Lafayette Dubose is an elderly woman who lives near the Finches. She is hated by the children, who run by her house to avoid her. Dubose as "plain hell. As a punishment, Jem is required to read to Mrs. Dubose each day for a month. As Jem reads, she experiences a fit of drooling and twitching and does not seem to pay any attention to the words. When an alarm rings, Jem is allowed to leave for the day. She extends the punishment for one extra week and dies shortly after letting Jem go for the last time.
Atticus informs him that Mrs. Dubose was terminally ill and had become addicted to morphine. By reading to her, Jem had distracted her so that she could break the addiction.
In thanks, she leaves him a candy box with a camellia flower in it; Jem burns the box in anger, but is later seen by Scout admiring the flower. Atticus tells Jem that Mrs.
Dubose was the bravest person he ever knew, and she was trying to teach Jem the importance of bravery and true courage to endure anything when the situation is hopeless, as in her morphine addiction. Heck Tate[ edit ] Mr. Heck Tate is a friend of Atticus and also the sheriff of Maycomb County. He believes in protecting the innocent although he doesn't usually show it.
At the end of the book, the Atticus and Heck argue over whether Jem or Boo Radley should be held responsible for the death of Bob Ewell. Heck eventually persuades Atticus to accept the theory that Ewell accidentally fell on his own knife, thus saving the harmless, reclusive Boo from the public exposure of a criminal trial. Braxton Underwood[ edit ] Mr.
Braxton Bragg Underwood is a news reporter and a friend of Atticus. He owns and also publishes The Maycomb Tribune. Being a racist, he disagrees with Atticus on principle. He also has a strong belief in justice, as exemplified when he defends Atticus from the Cunningham mob by having his double barrel shotgun loaded and ready to shoot them.
He also demonstrates some humanity when he publishes a scathing editorial comparing the killing of Tom Robinson a cripple to "the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children".
Horace Gilmer[ edit ] Mr. Horace Gilmer is a lawyer from Abbottsville, and is the prosecuting attorney in the Tom Robinson case. Gilmer is between the ages of forty and sixty. Gilmer has a slight cast with one eye, which he uses to his advantage in trial. Gilmer appeared to be racist in his harsh cross-examination of Tom Robinson, but it is hinted at that he is in fact going easy on Tom. He and Atticus are not rivals and talk to each other during recesses during the case.
Reynolds[ edit ] Dr. Reynolds is the Maycomb doctor. He is well known to Scout and Jem. Scout says that he "had brought Jem and me into the world, had led us through every childhood disease known to man including the time Jem fell out of the tree house, and he had never lost our friendship. Reynolds said that if we were boil-prone things would have been different He inspects Jem's broken arm and Scout's minor bruises after the attack from Bob Ewell under the tree.
Dolphus Raymond[ edit ] Dolphus Raymond is a white landowner who is jaded by the hypocrisy of the white society and prefers to live among black folks.
In fact, he has children with a black woman. Dolphus pretends he is an alcoholic so that the people of Maycomb will have an excuse for his behavior, but in fact he only drinks Coca Cola out of a paper bag to try to hide it.
When Dill and Scout discover that he is not a drunk, they are amazed. He shows Scout how sometimes you can pretend to be someone you're not so people will be more understanding of you. Link Deas[ edit ] Link Deas owns cotton fields and a store in Maycomb who employs Tom and later Helen because she does not get accepted by any other employers in the county due to Tom Robinson's legal troubles.
He announces to the court in defense of Tom at one point in the trial that he hadn't "had a speck o' trouble outta him" in the eight years Tom had been working for him, and gets sent out by Judge John Taylor for doing so. When Bob Ewell starts threatening Helen after the trial, Mr. Deas fiercely defends her and threatens to have Mr.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Ewell arrested if he keeps bothering her. He is on Tom Robinson's side during the trial and remains loyal to the family afterward. She attempts to teach the first grade class using a new system which she learned from taking certain college courses Jem mistakenly refers to it as the " Dewey Decimal System ", which is really how library books are organized.
She is upset by Scout's advanced reading capabilities and believes that Scout is receiving lessons from Atticus. She feels as though Scout is trying to outsmart and mock her. In an effort to standardize the class, she forbids Scout from reading with her father.
Atticus asks Scout to step into Miss Caroline's skin. However, he continues to allow Scout to read with him at night so long as she continues to go to school. Miss Caroline has good intentions but proves quite incompetent as a teacher.
She is also very sensitive and gets emotionally hurt quite easily, as seen when she cries after Burris Ewell yells at her, "Report and be damned to ye! Ain't no snot-nosed slut of a schoolteacher ever born c'n make me do nothin'! You ain't makin' me go nowhere, missus.
You just remember that, you ain't makin' me go nowhere! African Church in Maycomb County, where most if not all of the African-American characters go to church. Reverend Sykes forces the congregation to donate 10 dollars for Tom Robinson's family since at the time, Tom's wife, Helen, was having trouble finding work.
During the trial, when the courtroom was too packed for the children to find seats, Reverend Sykes lets the kids sit with him up in the colored balcony and even saves their seats for them. Miss Stephanie Crawford[ edit ] Stephanie Crawford is the neighborhood gossip who claimed that she saw Boo Radley from her bedroom standing outside of her cleaned window one night. Crawford is one of the first on the scene after a loud gunshot is heard behind the Radley house.
Because she is the neighborhood gossip, it is unwise to think of anything that she says as true, because most of the time it is not true at all. She is a friend of Alexandra Hancock. She is thrilled to pass on gossip to the kids about Boo Radley.
She claimed to have witnessed Bob Ewell's threatening Atticus at the Post Office corner as she was returning from the local Jitney Jungle grocery store. In the film, she takes the place of Rachel Haverford and is now Dill's aunt. She drank neat whiskey heavily after seeing a rattlesnake coiled in her closet, on her washing, when she hung her negligee up. Even though she can be very hard to deal with, she truly does love her nephew.
Her family name, in the legends of Maycomb County, is synonymous with jackass. She is also a Southern Belle. In the film, she is not a character and Miss Stephanie takes her place as Dill's aunt. She is spoken about a few times. She has three children. Employed by Link Deas following the death of her husband, she is repeatedly harassed by Bob Ewell when traveling to work.
Upon learning of this, Deas threatens Ewell, forcing him to stop. She is an example of how one person's actions can have an effect on a lot of people and she elucidates the hardships that surround the Tom Robinson case. When the children try to catch a view of "Boo" late one night through a window, he shoots over their heads with a shotgun albeit thinking he was aiming at a black person. Nathan also cements up the knothole in which Arthur leaves little gifts for the children.
On the other hand, he helps Miss Maudie by saving some of her belongings when her house is on fire. He is more present than his brother, but equally mysterious. Jessie[ edit ] Jessie is Mrs. She is the woman who shoos the children out when Mrs. Dubose has her fits, and she seems to care enormously for Mrs.
When Jem is forced to stay reading to Mrs. Dubose, Jessie kindly leads Jem and Scout to the door when Mrs. Dubose's alarm goes off. The rumors about Mrs.
Scout's Relationships by nicole sampson on Prezi
Dubose concealing a gun about her person involves Jessie; the book says "and even if Mrs. Dubose missed, her girl Jessie wouldn't".
Burris Ewell[ edit ] Burris Ewell is a son of Bob Ewell and a younger sibling of Mayella Ewell as well as the first antagonist of the novel. He comes to the first day of school, but departs just as everyone else in his family does. Burris is also poor. He has live lice in his hair. Burris also scared his teacher Caroline Fisher. He behaves rudely when she tells him to go home, wash his hair, and come back clean the next day. He refuses, and a student explains to Miss Caroline that Ewell children don't attend school.
All they do is show up for the first day, get marked down on the register, and then they miss the entire school year until the first day of the next year.
His famous quote was, "Report and be damned to ye! Burris is also like his father and is very belligerent. Lula[ edit ] Lula is an African-American woman with a dislike for white people. She doesn't like the idea of Calpurnia bringing Atticus Finch's children, Jem and Scout, with her to church and tells her so but is overruled by the other congregants.
According to James Zeebo, Calpurnia's son, Lula's said to be, "a troublemaker from way back, with fancy ideas and haughty ways.
Relationship between Jem and Scout by Nisha Mehta on Prezi
Grace Merriweather[ edit ] Mrs. Grace Merriweather is the producer of the play in which Scout plays as a ham. He lives on a farm. He is too poor to even pay off a cent debt because the Great Depression hit his poor family hard.
He doesn't take money because his family can't pay people back in cash. His father paid Atticus for his service for something a while back with some goods. Walter is invited over to the Finches' house once, after engaging in a fight with Scout, where he covers up all of his dinner with molasses, much to Scout's vocal dismay. This teaches Scout a lesson in humility and compassion.
He appears only twice, once at the beginning of the story when he has to pay off the debt to Atticus Walter Cunningham Sr.
He also leads the mob that comes to lynch Tom Robinson the night before the trial. Only when Scout talks to him about his son and how much he owes to Atticus does he reconsider and call off the mob. Scout innocently shames him because Scout reminds him of all the things that Atticus has done for him and for Maycomb County. After the verdict is given in the trial, Atticus tells Jem that one of the Cunninghams had changed his thoughts about Tom and pleaded that Tom was not guilty to the jury.
Little Chuck Little[ edit ] Little Chuck Little is a student in Scout's first-grade class who has the mindset of an adult. His real name is Charles. He is depicted as chiefly antagonistic of Burris Ewell. He is presented in the novel when Miss Caroline is frightened by Burris' lice.
He warned Miss Caroline that if Burris wasn't released from class, he might try something that would put their classmates at risk. I'd soon's kill you as look at you. From this we see, through the narrative view of Scout, his gentlemanly attitude and how it calms Miss Caroline down.
Little Chuck may be even more intelligent than originally meets the eye, as he easily could have been bluffing about the aforementioned implied knife to scare Burris into retreating. Dick Avery[ edit ] Mr. Dick Avery is an overweight neighbor who tells Jem and Scout that dramatic changes in the weather are caused by disobedient and misbehaving children.
After it snows, they build a snowman that resembles him. Avery can also be seen in the story pushing a mattress out of a window when Miss Maudie's house catches fire. The kids, including Jem and Scout, always waited for him to do something interesting. For instance, Jem claims that one night he urinated from his front porch in an impressive arc.
Miss Gates[ edit ] Miss Gates is a third grade teacher at Scout's school who insists that America isn't prejudiced like Hitler 's Germany. Despite this, Scout has heard her say that the blacks need to be taught a lesson after Tom's trial.
Eula May[ edit ] Eula May is Maycomb's most prominent telephone operator. She sends out public announcements, invitations, and activates the fire alarm. She announced the closing of schools when it snowed and announced the rabid dog that entered Maycomb. Also, Eula May knows everybody in the town because of her unique job. Scout almost gets into a fight with Cecil over the trial of Tom Robinson.
He and Scout then pair up at the carnival. At the Halloween pageant afterwards, Cecil was a cow. He hints that black people are not as good as white people while talking about Hitler during current events. He also tends to take jokes too far. However importantly he shows how prejudice is passed on from parent to child.
Tim Johnson[ edit ] Tim Johnson is a dog belonging to Harry Johnson a character in the book who is mentioned once but is never seen. He is infected by rabies in chapter 10 and goes mad, putting everyone in the town at risk. Atticus is forced to shoot Tim Johnson before he reaches the Radley House or attacks anyone. When Atticus shoots the dog, his excellent marksmanship is revealed to Scout and Jem his nickname used to be One-Shot Finch.
The dog's body is collected by Zeebo. He is referred to in the first chapter of the book, being a direct ancestor of Atticus. He is a Cornish Methodistand emigrated from England to avoid religious persecution, landing in Philadelphia before settling in Alabama. He was married, with one son, eight daughters. Unlike many of her neighbours, she is not quick to judge others, does not gossip about Boo Radley and hopes that even though Tom Robinson is inevitably found guilty, the words of Atticus at the trial may bring about some small future change.
She is kind towards Scout and Jem and can be relied upon to offer them sensible words of advice when Atticus is not present. The female version of Atticus How is Miss Maudie like this? Therefore she is scornful of the many white people who go to the trial simply to ogle at Tom and who treat it as a way of passing the time in a carnival atmosphere. Analysis Miss Maudie is more sensitive to the fate of Tom Robinson than the people who are going to court to enjoy the spectacle of seeing a black man on trial for raping a white woman.
Just like Atticus, she sees Tom as a human being who deserves respect and to be treated as an equal throughout his time in court. Cares for Scout and Jem How do we know this? Miss Maudie always has time for the children and is willing to listen to what they say and engage in conversation with them. She listens to their opinions, invites them into her garden and bakes cakes for them to eat. Analysis Scout is outlining here how generous she feels Miss Maudie is being towards her and Jem.