The list of supporting characters in To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee Release Year: 1960

Dill Harris

Dill Harris is the playmate of Jem and Scout, who has left his house situated in Meridian, Mississippi, on his mother’s marrying another man after the death of Dill’s father. He is curious and confident short boy and has developed intimate relationships with both the young Finch siblings on his arrival in Maycomb town. Like Jem and Scout, he is also afraid of Boo Radley and looks curious to discover the mysterious personality and his activities. Dill’s presence in the novel provides the readers with the image of childhood love developed in the children at such an early stage of life, as Dill proposes Scout in the beginning chapters, and wins her acceptance subsequently. Dill’s character shows a sense of insecurity and lack of protection the children belonging to the broken houses may experience in life. Such a sense of insecurity goes a long way and even throughout their life. Renowned contemporary era US feminist novelist Dorothy Allison (2005) has also pointed out towards the same, where she remained terrified because of the presence of her drunkard and rapist stepfather. Although Dill has not been exploited by his stepfather; nevertheless, he finds himself as insecure while staying with his mother and stepfather.  

 

Maudie Atkinson

The list of all characters in To Kill a Mockingbird entails Miss Maudie Atkinson is a good-natured middle-aged woman and lives in the neighborhood of the Finch family. She has spent her childhood with Aunt Alexandra; however, contrary to Alexandra, Maudie’s character looks flexible, jovial and friendly. She is witty and freedom-loving, and instead of looking at the apparent actions of others, she pays more heed to the motive behind the actions. As a result, she allows Scout to behave like a tomboy and appreciates Atticus’s mission of fighting for the cause of an innocent accused. Since she does not feel any hesitation in wearing male dresses while working in a garden, she does not have any objection on Scout’s involvement into the boyish activities. Maudie always demonstrates affection towards Jem and Scout, and her sense of humor always fascinates the children. Overall, Miss Maudie presents a liberal, jovial and sensible character, which takes the things around her in a light way, and tends to focus on views and motives rather than mere trivial acts and minor things.    

 

Judge John Taylor

John Taylor is the judge, who is to hear and decide the rape case against Tom Robinson. Even being the member of the white racial community, the judge does not demonstrate any inclinations towards the white people. However, instead of displaying complete partiality and bias, he is interested in an exploration of truth. Hence, he appears to be supporting Finch’s stance regarding the innocence of Tom in the rape case. Somehow, he looks under pressure due to the influence of white majority, which would not allow him to issue a verdict against a white complainant and in favor of the black accused. Overall, he looks to be a balanced personality and supports the evidence produced by the defense counsel in favor of the innocence of Tom Robinson. Hence, Taylor can be stated as an impartial and brilliant judge, who would be imitated by the jurists as an ideal personality.  

 

Alexandra Hancock (Finch)

Alexandra Hancock is the sister of Atticus Finch and lives with her husband, son, and grandson. Identical with Scout’s possessing some traits attributed to Maggie Tulliver, Alexandra Hancock also resembles with Maggie’s maternal aunts, the protagonist of Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (1860). However, she appears to be more concerned and dedicated to her brother Atticus Finch and his children. Married to James Hancock, Aunt Alexandra has arrived to live the Finch family, where she appears to be critical on the domestic chores performed by the black maid Calpurnia, and regards her as having no skill or experience essential for administering a house and family affairs. She also dislikes Scout’s behaving like a tomboy, and hence Scout remains irritated because of the aunt’s censures. Nevertheless, she provides an unflinching support to her brother in the face of hardships and encourages him by endorsing Finch’s stance at all social gatherings and parties. Although Scout does not like her criticism and intermeddling; somehow, she maintains very high opinion of her dauntless and dedicated aunt while narrating the chronicle of events happened during the trial, conviction, and killing of Tom Robinson.    

 

Mayella Ewell

Mayella Ewell serves as an important character in the novel. Although she looks having a minor role in the work under analysis; however, the entire story revolves around the case of her rape at the hands of Tom Robinson. Due to her family’s leading an isolated life from the outer world, she has little opportunities of developing relations with some male friend. Therefore, she sends her younger siblings out of the house and seduces Tom in the lonely house. However, her father reaches on the occasion, and not only slaps her on her right cheek but also beats her seriously. Moreover, instead of having knowledge regarding the seduction of her daughter, Ewell blames Tom of raping Mayella. Moreover, Mayella appears to be a confused personality, who does not have much experience and exposure of social life. As a result, she is unable to reply to the simple questions asked by the defense counsel Finch. Being young and somewhat attractive girl of 19 years, she also has desires to have interaction with boys of her age; though her domestic environment keeps her away from mixing with other individuals. Instead of leading a normal happy life with family and friends, she has to perform all domestic responsibilities because of the death of her mother in early life. Moreover, her unspeakable molestation at the hands of her own drunkard father adds to her miseries, where she depicts the image of a vulnerable woman instead of portraying the picture of a beautiful teenager girl. Her inviting a black man for developing sexual relationships with her shows her courage, though she is unable to confess the same in the court of law. Since Mayella has not obtained any formal education, she looks unable to understand the meaning of the questions raised by Finch in the court. Hence, domestic violence and incestuous molestation have caused her distress and turmoil.   

 

Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson - the mockingbird - serves as one of the major characters in the novel. Being a member of a black community, and belonging to labor class of society, he becomes the victim of racial discrimination because of the prejudice demonstrated by the white jury while deciding the rape case against him. It is actually Tom, who has been symbolically depicted to be the mockingbird by Lee as per the title of the novel. Tom is seen physically disabled in the sense that his left arm is crippled and hence does not work. The defense counsel Atticus Finch takes the same stance in defense of Tom, where he maintains that since the rape victim Mayella has marks of torture on the right side of her face, which can be inflicted only by a left-handed person instead of Tom. Despite the fact that Tom’s life is saved by Finch by protecting him from lynching by an angry white mob, the defense counsel turns out to be unable to save him from the conviction. Tom is sentenced and then shot dead in prison while attempting to escape from the prison.            

 

Calpurnia

Calpurnia serves as the caretaker and cook of the Finch family, where she looks after the children as well as performs all domestic chores. As a member of the black community, she is in a position of making the children understand the challenges faced by the minority racial group of the US society. Not only this that Calpurnia is respected by the children and Finch, but also she is considered as the member of their family. The children also learn discipline because of her strictness and punctuality.