Originally named Jean Louise Finch, Scout is the narrator. Her habit of speaking her mind in the presence of grownups makes Scout often seem older than her years. This makes the narrative perspective naïve: often we get descriptions of events just as she experiences them, without commentary on what they mean, or a commentary that is hilariously innocent. He refuses, and a student explains to Miss Caroline that Ewell children don't attend school. Grace Merriweather A devout Methodist, Mrs. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.
It is implied, and evidence suggests, that he was the one who abused his daughter Mayella, not Tom Robinson the African American man accused of doing so. Although most everybody in town knows that the Ewells are a disgrace and not to be trusted, it is made clear that Tom Robinson was convicted because he is a Negro whose accuser is white. However, he continues to allow Scout to read with him at night so long as she continues to go to school. As a punishment, Jem is required to read to Mrs. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.
Most of their time is spent observing and making up stories about their reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley. Badham, as the tomboyish Scout, earned praise in her first screen role. He and Miss Maudie are close to the same age; he frequently teases her with marriage proposals, which she always declines. One quickly realizes when reading To Kill a Mockingbird that Scout is who she is because of the way Atticus has raised her. Her mother passed away during Scout's second year, with her father taking care of Scout for the rest of her childhood. She comes to terms with her gender after getting some positive examples of strong femininity from the two different women: rude and rough Miss Maudie and refined Aunt Alexandra.
This, and the example of her neighbor, Miss Maudie, who, despite her harsh behaviour is also called a lady by Mr. Jack is a childless doctor who can always make Scout and Jem laugh, and they adore him. Dill spends summers with his aunt, who lives next door to the Finch family. Scout's fighting shows her quick temper and lack of self-control, but it also suggests that she's kind of naive when it comes to moral matters. And later, when Scout realizes that it was Boo who brought her a blanket, she's nearly sick, as if realizing that she had just walked along the edge of a cliff in the dark and only survived by chance. In the film, she takes the place of Rachel Haverford and is now Dill's aunt. However, he shows incredible couragewhen he disobeys his father for the first time as he stands withhim before a huge, blood-thirsty and menacing mob that could easilykill them both.
He lurks in her imagination not as a monster but as a neighbor, who feels familiar even though she's never actually laid eyes on him. When Scout tells Miss Fisher that she shamed a student Walter Cunningham Jr. Scout the Tomboy Scout's mother died when she was very small, so she hasn't had anyone to teach her how to be a proper girl. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. Atticus is scorned, Tom is convicted though clearly innocent , and Scout loses faith in the community she trusted and loved.
Lula A parishioner at First Purchase African M. He lives with his nine motherless children in a shack near the town dump. He appoints Atticus to represent Tom. The novel is written from the point of view of an adult Scout describing how she viewed the events of the novel as a child, and she often comments about how she didn't understand something at the time, but now, having grown up, she does. I imagined how it would be: when it happened, he'd just be sitting in the swing when I came along. Tom Robinson … - was charged of rape, which he didn't do.
The members listen, and Scout unintentionally saves Tom Robinson's life. Karen Balkin plays the role of Mary Tilford which is considered the best role written for a child and surely one of the most repellent. When an alarm rings, Jem is allowed to leave for the day. Tom testifies that he had frequently helped Mayella with household chores because he felt sorry for her and the family's difficult life - a statement that shocks the all-white, male jury. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough. Scout is the only one of the novel's primary three children Dill, Jem, and herself to see and speak to Boo Radley during the course of the novel and realize that he is harmless, despite her initial fear of him.
She is one of the many motherly figures in Scout's life and one of the few who can negotiate between the very separate black and white worlds of Maycomb. Avery A boarder at the house across from Mrs. For another, if might makes right, then she doesn't need to worry about the trickier business of figuring out the moral right: righteousness goes to whoever is the better fighter. The scary Boo Radley saves their lives from one of the most respected people in the town. She grew up at Finch's Landing and moved with Atticus to Maycomb. Radley Boo and Nathan Radley's parents. She immediately rebels against her aunt, fighting for her freedom the pants embodied.
Atticus uses this fact as the cornerstone of his defense strategy, pointing out that the nature of Mayella's facial injuries strongly suggest a left-handed assailant. One night Dill runs away from his home in Meridian, arriving in Maycomb County where he hides under Scout's bed. No, everybody's gottalearn, nobody's born knowin'. A prisoner in his home, he stabbed his father with scissors once, and no one has seen him since. Living in Meridian, Mississippi, Dill spends every summer with his aunt, Miss Rachel Haverford.