Describe some of the main characters in To Kill a Mockingbird's Maycomb and whether they are racist? If you are able to give me the page number in the book where it explains the people, it would...

Describe some of the main characters in To Kill a Mockingbird's Maycomb and whether they are racist? 

If you are able to give me the page number in the book where it explains the people, it would be really great! Thank you very much


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Atticus Finch.  Atticus is tall and fairly thin with a bad left eye that forces him to wear glasses. He has dark but graying hair and always wears a three-piece suit. A liberal minded Southern gentleman, he is color blind when it comes to the races.

Scout Finch.  Scout rarely divulges much information about herself. She is apparently big for her age--larger than Dill and her older classmates Walter Cunningham Jr. and Little Chuck Little. She rarely wears dresses, prefering overalls. Although she often uses the "N" word, it is something that she has picked up at school, and she enjoys the time spent with Calpurnia in the Negro church and with Reverend Sykes in the courtroom.

Jem Finch.  Jem takes after his mother, with "soft brown hair and eyes... oval face and snug-fitting ears..." (Chapter 15). He is approaching puberty in the second half of the novel, growing taller and proud of his newly-sprouted body hair. Like his sister, he enjoys the time spent amongst the town's Negroes. 

Dill Harris.  Dill is tiny, much smaller than Scout even though he is older. His "hair was snow white" and "he habitually pulled at a cowlick in the center of his forehead" (Chapter 1). He breaks down and cries during the trial when the prosecutor ridicules Tom Robinson, believing that "it ain't right to do 'em that way...--it just makes me sick" (Chapter 19). 

Miss Maudie Atkinson.  Miss Maudie is in her early-to-mid 40s and a widow. Though she spends much of the day working in her yard wearing "an old straw hat and men's coveralls... after her five o'clock bath she would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty." Unlike many of her neighbors, she never utters the "N" word during the novel, and she strongly supports Atticus's defense of Tom. 

Miss Stephanie Crawford.  The "neighborhood scold" and biggest gossip in town, Miss Stephanie makes a crude joke about a "white nigger" on the night Jem loses his pants (Chapter 6). 

Aunt Alexandra Hancock.  Scout's aunt "was not fat, but solid, and she chose protective garments that drew up her bosom to giddy heights, pinched in her waist, flared out her rear, and managed to suggest that Aunt Alexandra's was once an hour-glass figure. From any angle, it was formidable" (Chapter 13). She employs a black chauffeur but she sympathizes with Tom, primarily because Atticus is defending him. 

Boo Radley.  We finally learn that Boo is incredibly pale, with gray eyes, hollow cheeks and hair that "was dead and thin" (Chapter 29). 

Tom Robinson.  Tom is tall, strong and powerfully built, with white eyes and teeth. Aside from his crippled left arm, "If he had been whole, he would have been a fine specimen of a man" (Chapter 19). 

Bob Ewell.  A hateful racist, Bob epitomizes the term "poor white trash," appropriately living adjacent to the town dump. He rarely bathes and is a "little bantam cock of a man" with a "neck reddening" and a face "as red as his neck." He had a "thin, pointed" nose and "no chin," bearing "no resemblance to his namesake"--Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

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