Character Analysis Atticus Atticus is the father of Jem and Scout. He gives them almost raise themselves, he gives them a lot of freedom. Atticus has equal respect for all people. By this example he is also not racist. He is independent, not a follower. He always leads his children and others by example, he is not a coward, nor a hypocrite. * “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. ” –Atticus * “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat.
Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning. ”–Atticus * “When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em. ” –Atticus * “Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand. ”—Atticus * “It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived. ”—Scout about Atticus” Scout Scout is a tomboy.
Like her brother, Jem, She is also adventurous. She is curious and likes to learn. She is young, naive, innocent, and circumspect. She is a leader but is sensitive and cares but yet tough as nails. * “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. ”—Scout * “I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year. ”—Scout * “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. ”—Atticus to Scout Jem Jem’s nickname can be taken as 2 ways, it is short for Jeremiah, but also because he is a gem. Jem is a leader to scout and courageous.
He is responsible and takes care of his little sister. He acts like a parent to her, but is also like her, he is courageous and adventurous. But, as Scout comes to see he is also sensitive and innocent. * “Jem’s head at times was transparent: he had thought that [game] up to make me understand he wasn’t afraid of Radleys in any shape or form, to contrast his own fearless heroism with my cowardice. “—Scout about Jem * “I was not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that’s why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with. –Scout * “In later years, I sometimes wondered exactly what made Jem do it, what made him break the bonds of ‘You just be a gentleman, son,’ and the phase of self-conscious rectitude he had recently entered. Jem had probably stood as much guff about Atticus lawing for niggers as had I, and I took it for granted that he kept his temper—he had a naturally tranquil disposition and a slow fuse. At the time, however, I thought the only explanation for what he did was that for a few minutes he simply went mad. “—Scout Dill Charles Baker Harris, Dill, is a friend of Jem. Like Jem, Dill is adventurous and courageous.
Dill is Fascinated by the Radley place. But what makes him is he always stretches the truth to make his life seem great, which it is not. * “He stalked me out, marked me as his property, said I was the only girl he would ever love then he neglected me. I beat him up twice but it did no good, he only grew closer to Jem. ”—Scout about Dill * “His family was from Maycomb county originally, his mother worked for a photographer in Meridian, had entered a picture in a beautiful child contest and won five dollars. She gave me the money to Dill who went to the picture show 20 times on it. ” –Scout about Dill