To Kill A Mockingbird Character Notes
Jem (Jeremy Atticus Finch)
"Jem’s soft brown hair and eyes, his oval face and snug-fitting ears were our mother’s, contrasting oddly with Atticus’s graying black hair and square-cut features" Caring older brother
"Don't you cry, now, Scout... don't cry now, don't you worry-" he muttered at me all the way to school." Growing /Maturing
"Overnight, it seemed, Jem had acquired an alien set of values and was trying to impose them on me: several times he went so far as to tell me what to do" "His maddening superiority was unbearable these days.
"Jem threw open the gate and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not waiting to see if his foray was successful." Mischievous
"Dill and Jem were simply going to peep in the window with the loose shutter to see if they could get a look at Boo Radley" Protective
"We were accustomed to prompt, if not always cheerful acquiescence to Atticus’s instructions, but from the way he stood Jem was not thinking of budging." "Someone rolled against me and I felt Jem. He was up like lightning and pulling me with him."
Dill (Charles Baker Harris)
Jem and Scout's summer childhood friends.
From Median, Mississippi
How Scout sees Dill
"Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies." Appearance
" his hair was snow white and stuck to his head like duckfluff" ..." his blue eyes would lighten and darken" Confident
“I’m Charles Baker Harris,” he said. “I can read.” Adventurous
"Dill gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out"
"The Radley Place fascinated Dill."
"He had not said a word the whole time."
"Dill bet Jem The Gray Ghost against two Tom Swifts that Jem wouldn’t get any farther than the Radley gate " Curious
" In spite of our warnings and explanations it drew him as the moon draws water, but drew him no nearer than the light-pole on the corner, a safe distance from the Radley gate. There he would stand, his arm around the fat pole, staring and wondering."
Age: late 40's to early 50's
"Jem and I found our father satisfactory: he played with us, read to us, and treated us with courteous detachment." "He turned out the light and went into Jem’s room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning." Believes in Justice and Equality
"you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it— whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.” "Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal." Talented and Manly
“Forgot to tell you the other day that besides playing the Jew’s Harp, Atticus Finch was the deadest shot in Maycomb County in his time.” Honest
"Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him" Caring
"Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell’s shoes a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with… So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody and I’d rather it be me than that houseful of children out there." Hard worker
"A jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted, and when this jury came in, not one of them looked at Tom Robinson." "Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed." Polite
“We’ve done business in this court for years and...
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