How can I characterize and compare three characters in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?Explain why and how these characters are important in the story.

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jessecreations eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are some ways you can characterize the characters in the novel:

- Personality (how they behave, what they value, what is important to them, how they act around others)
- Physical appearance (height, weight, looks, manner of dressing, cleanliness)
- Thoughts, dreams, hopes, wishes
- How other characters view them, treat them, or act around them

When you compare and contrast two or more characters, you can talk about these traits as well as how they influence the plot of the book (how important are they to the plot development, what would the book be like if they were not in it, etc.).  You can also talk about how they experience things in the book similarly and differently (for example, how does Jem experience the Tom Robinson trial differently than Scout, or Atticus?).

All of the characters are important, but in different ways.  So you have to decide what impact those characters make in the book, how they change the lives of the other characters or how they help you understand what is happening in the book.

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