What adjectives would you use to describe characters in To Kill a Mockingbird?  Atticus (3 adjectives) Scout (3) Jem (3) Calpurnia (3) Aunt Alexandra (2) Dill (2) Boo Radley (2) Miss Maudie...

What adjectives would you use to describe characters in To Kill a Mockingbird? 

Atticus (3 adjectives)

Scout (3)

Jem (3)

Calpurnia (3)

Aunt Alexandra (2)

Dill (2)

Boo Radley (2)

Miss Maudie (2)

For each adjective give a reason or proof that they are like that.





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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Atticus: Morally-upright, courageous, tolerant.

  • Atticus is a man of integrity who shows others respect, regardless of race, social class, or gender. He courageously stands up to a lynch mob and defends Tom Robinson in front of a prejudiced jury. He exercises his tolerance by overlooking people's flaws and sympathizes with their circumstances.

Scout: Curious, short-tempered, observant.

  • Scout continually inquires about the world around her and takes note of how people act throughout her community. She develops perspective after witnessing Tom Robinson's trial and begins to perceive the overt prejudice in her community. Towards the beginning of the story, Scout is portrayed as a hothead with a short-temper. She gets into several physical altercations throughout the novel until she learns self-control.

Jem: Respectful, loyal, imaginative.

  • Jem has a huge imagination, which he displays during his fantastic descriptions of Boo Radley towards the beginning of the novel. Jem abides by his father's rules and is a relatively respectful child. He listens to his father's lessons and develops into a morally-upright individual like Atticus. Jem displays his loyalty by refusing to leave his father's side when the lynch mob arrives outside of the Maycomb jail and also attempts to defend Scout during Bob Ewell's attack.

Calpurnia: Strict, educated, proud.

  • Calpurnia continually chastises Scout for her rude behavior towards the beginning of the novel and makes sure that Scout obeys her directives. Unlike the majority of the black community, Cal is literate and even teaches Scout how to write. Calpurnia is also a proud woman, who refuses to allow Jem and Scout to enter First Purchase African M.E. Church without looking presentable.

Aunt Alexandra: Prejudiced and judgemental.

  • Aunt Alexandra is prejudiced against lower-class citizens and black people throughout the novel. She refuses to allow Scout to visit Calpurnia's home and does not want her to be friends with Walter Cunningham Jr. Alexandra also criticizes Scout for her attire and tomboy personality. She believes that Scout should act more feminine and learn to socialize with other females.

Dill: Storyteller and talented.

  • Dill is a lonely child, who continually tells stories to make his life seem better. Scout mentions that Dill can tell the "biggest ones" and fabricates stories on the spot. Dill is also referred to as a "pocket Merlin," and can play any character in any game.

Boo Radley: Reclusive and compassionate.

  • Boo Radley demonstrates his compassionate nature by giving gifts to the children in the knothole of his tree, mending Jem's pants, clothing Scout during Maudie's fire, and defending the children against Bob Ewell's attack. Boo is also extremely reclusive and barely leaves his home. He is portrayed as a shy man, who enigmatically remains inside his house for the majority of the novel.

Miss Maudie: Friendly and supportive.

  • Miss Maudie is kind to the Finch children and allows them to play in her yard. She sits on the porch with Scout and continually bakes the children tasty cakes. Following Atticus's defense of Tom Robinson, she demonstrates her support by offering words of encouragement to cheer Jem up while she commends his father's efforts.
troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Atticus is brave, patient and clever. He supports Tom, he doesn't punish Scout when she's bad, and he proves Tom is innocent.

Scout is explosive, intelligent, and insightful in the end. She wants to fight anyone who crosses her or her family, she can read and write, and she understands Boo to be a mockingbird.

Jem is mature, creative and patient. He is mature by understanding why Boo is the way he is. He creates a snow/mud man and the plays for the yard. He's patient with Scout when she gets mad a Aunt Alexandra--he gives her a tootsie roll.

Calpurnia is intelligent, motherly and responsible. She knows how to read/write, she scolds Scout when she's rude to Walter, and she makes sure to clean the children before taking them to church.

Aunt Alexandra is aloof, yet she is caring. She thinks her family is better than others because of their heritage. Yet, she does show her love for Atticus when her missionary cirlce is interrupted with news of Tom's death.

Dill is creative and expressive. He tells wild tales and strange stories to Scout and Jem all the time while his face lights up with expression.

Boo is considerate and brave. He gives scout the blanket when she's cold the night of the fire, and he risks his own life to save the children in the end.

Miss Maudie is strong because she isn't afraid to stand up to Miss Merriweather. She is optimistic because she sees the fire as a way of getting a larger yard rather than a smaller house.

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