Jean Louise "Scout" Finch - The narrator and protagonist
of the story. The story describes her experiences between the
ages of 6 and 9. She is a tomboy, with a strong intelligence, a
comabtive streak, and a basic faith in the goodness of the
people in her community.
Miss Caroline Fisher - Scout's first grade teacher.
Jem Finch - Scout's brother, he is four years older than her and
remains her close companion and protector throughout the novel.
Jem moves into adolescence during the story, and his ideals are
shaken badly by the evil and injustice he perceives during the trial
of Tom Robinson.
Judge Taylor - judge overseeing the trial.
Miss Gates - Scout's third grade teacher.
Arthur (Boo) Radley - A reclusive who never sets foot
outside his house, Boo dominates the imagination of the
Finch children. He befriends them from a distance with
presents and acts of kindness, but appears in the flesh
only once, to save their lives.
Heck Tate - Maycomb's sheriff.
Calpurnia - The family's black cook, she is a stern
disciplinarian and the children's bridge between the
white world and her own black community.
Stephanie Crawford - The neighborhood gossip.
Miss Maudie Atkinson - The Finches' neighbor, a
sharp-tongued widow in her late forties and an old
friend of the family. She shares Atticus' passion for
justice, and is the children's best friend among
Aunt Alexandra - Atticus's sister, a strong-willed woman with a
fierce devotion to her family. She is the perfect southern lady, and
she and Scout clash frequently over proper behavior.
Dr. Reynolds - The local doctor.
Link Deas - Tom Robinson's employer.
Bob Ewell - A drunken, permanently
unemployed member of Maycomb's poorest
family, he accuses Tom Robinson of raping his
Francis - Aunt Alexandra's obnoxious grandson.
Mayella Ewell - Bob Ewell's abused, lonely unhappy
daughter, she makes advances to Tom Robinson and then
says he raped her to cover her shame.
Walter Cunningham Jr. - One of Scout's classmates.
Walter Cunningham Sr. - A poor farmer.
Helen Robinson - Tom Robinson's wife.
Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose - An elderly,
ill-tempered woman who lives near the Finches.
Mr. Underwood - The publisher of Maycomb's newspaper.
Reverend Sykes - The minister in the local black church.
Mr. Avery - One of the Finches' neighbors.
Atticus Finch - Scout's father, a lawyer in Maycomb, and a
descendant of an old local family. A widower who has raised his
children alone, and instilled in them his own sense of morality and
justice. One of the few residents of Maycomb committed to equality
between the races, he agrees to defend a black man charged with
raping a white woman.
Dill - The Finch children's summer neighbor, Dill is a
diminutive, confident boy with an active imagination.
He is the leader in their games of make-believe, and he
becomes fascinated with Boo Radley/.
Tom Robinson - The black sharecropper
accused of rape.
Uncle Jack Finch - The brother of Atticus and
Alexandra, he has a good sense of humor and his
friendly with Scout and Jem.
Miss Rachel Harverford - Dill's aunt, and
the Finches' next door neighbor.