Who is your most interesting character in the novel and explain why?

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I find Scout the most interesting character in the novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee. This is because from the very early days of her life she is 'different' even in only small ways. She challenges the norm, and traditions, which may not seem that important until you consider that slavery in many countries was accepted by the general population because it was 'the norm.' Well, Scout in small ways appears to think different - that certain things might not be right just because they are traditional. She teaches us to re-look at the society we live in and question it as we look with the innocent eyes of a child. One example of this would be society's inisistence through fashion history that girls wear dresses. I like the way Scout challenges a pointless rule, one that has no justification other than tradition.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In the Harper Lee novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mr. Arthur Radley is the most interesting character. Boo Radley has spent most of his adult life as a ghost after which he has been nicknamed. Early on he suffered some sort of breakdown, no doubt exasberated by familial situations, and he was forced to pay for it the rest of his life by first his father and then his brother Nathan. The fuzzy gray reality of his everyday life as a ghost, however, became brighter as he began to stretch outside himself in caring for and about the children. This is indicated in many ways throughout the novel starting with the mended pants, the blanket left on the children during the fire, the overt display of friendship through the gifts in the hollow tree, and the ultimate gift when he literally stepped outside and saved Jem’s life from the murderous hands of Bob Ewell.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The book "To Kill a Mocking Bird" has a wide array of some interesting characters.  Having grown up in the south during a time of open racism I was able to observe the disrespect displayed towards black people.  I was especially appalled by the manner in which elderly black people were expected to be respected by white children and not the reverse.  This being said I have to say that my favorite character and the one who I find most interesting is Calpurnia.

Calpurnia represents many blacks who lived in the south during the early 50’s.  She is employed as a domestic helper/housekeeper in Atticus’ home.  In her role she guides and nurtures Scout.  She is maternal an exposes Scout to feminine attributes.  Like so many women in the south during the 50’s Calpurnia takes her role as a domestic more seriously.  She is in charge of shaping Atticus’ children in wise well behaved adults.  Many women in her position were underappreciated, but continued to raise white children as if they were their own.

Calpurnia takes Scout to her own community, segregation was alive and well during the period in the story.  She teaches Scout that there are two worlds, one in which she lives and one in which she works.  She is not afraid to teach these things to Scout.  It is because of her relationship with Atticus’ children that Scout has the respect for black people and the willingness to take a stand against the racism of the south.  Women like Calpurnia were underestimated in the role that helped to shape America’s white youth.

 

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arfs | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Boo Radley.  Here's why:

In my GT language arts class, everyone, including my teacher, always thought that Scout's character represented Harper Lee.  But, at the very end of the book, Boo Radley, after saving Jem and Scout, and killing REL Ewell, goes into his home and never comes out.  Harper Lee, unfortunately never wrote another book after she wrote TKAM, which expressed such a deep and 'saving' message.  Boo, as a character just thinks differently than me and you.  He wants to communicate with the children so much, leaving them gifts like twine and soap-dolls in the nook of the tree, yet he never comes out of his house again as if his work is done.  And, why does the book say "...Boo's Children...?"

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