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The narrator of Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is Jean Louise Finch--better known by her nickname, Scout. She is the brother of Jeremy (Jem) Finch, and both are the children of Atticus Finch, Maycomb's most well known attorney. Scout narrates the story from a past perspective, told many years later when she is grown. Scout is based upon the author herself. Like Scout, Miss Lee is an Alabama native whose father was also an attorney, and she was reportedly quite a tomboy when she was younger. Dill, Scout's best friend and "fiance," was based on Lee's childhood friend, writer Truman Capote.
Atticus is a single father, whose wife died of a heart attack when Scout was very young. He has brought them up with more independence than most parents would allow, but his own high standards and moral character serve as an excellent example to Jem and Scout, who recognize Atticus's stature in the community.
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