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To Kill a Mockingbird Task: Examine the role of the minor characters in "To Kill a Mockingbird" Many readers think the only importance when reading a book is to concentrate on the main characters, but actually this is untrue. Often the minor characters symbolize something and sometimes they are supposed to show the reader the story from a different point of view. A synonym for minor is "accessory" and I think that this word explains this wonderfully well. People wear accessories to make themselves more valuable and to seem more creative or stylish. This is what an author actually tries to do with his minor characters. Bob Ewell is the drunken head of Maycomb's poorest family. He lives on the dump with his daughter Mayella and a unknown number of sons. He has no job and for the reason of laziness and he has has no intentions of getting one. Instead he drinks, goes hunting out of season and his daughter has to take care of their house and children. In his knowingly wrongful accusation that Tom Robinson raped his daughter, Bob Ewell represents the dark side of the South: ignorance, poverty, squalor, and hate-filled racial prejudice. ...read more.


A child emotionally damaged by his bitter father, Boo provides an example of the threat that evil poses to innocence and goodness. He is another one of the novel's "mockingbirds," in my opinion and a good person injured by evil. Jem and Scout's summer friend is Dill, a young, short, courageous and convinced boy. He is probably the one who is mostly amazed by Boo Radley and his past. This midget child personifies the vista of the childhood innocence. The Finches' black maid, Calpurnia who is always treated with respect by this white family is a disciplinary, strict but educating woman. I think Harper Lee chose to refer her in this book, to build a bridge between Scout and Jem's and Calpurnia's own black community. Atticus' sister, Aunt Alexandra, is a conservative woman, who attaches importance to family a lot. She is a classic Southern lady, of whom I am not sure, whether she is racist or not. However, she defiantly does not support Atticus defending a black man as he is a bad influence to the family. Miss Atkinson, the Finches' neighbor is an old friend of the family. ...read more.


At the courthouse, he takes them up to the balcony where the colored people are sitting because all the seats on the first floor are taken. He makes it clear that the prejudices of whites about blacks are untrue. Mr. Dolphus Raymond is a wealthy white man who lives with his black mistress and his race-mixed children. Raymond pretends to be a drunk so that the citizens of Maycomb have an explanation for his behavior. In reality, he is simply against the white society and prefers living among blacks. Dolphus Raymond shows that some people are even beyond not being racist. He is actually in love with an afro-American woman. The editor, writer and printer for The Maycomb Tribune, a small newspaper is Mr. Underwood. He hides in his office next to the jailhouse to protect Atticus and Tom Robinson from the Old Sarum mob that tries to take Tom from the jail to lynch him. There are many white inhabitants in Maycomb who are not racist. To say everyone in Maycomb is racist is a wrong statement. There are many minor characters in this novel who do not support the way society works in the South and hope for a fair life for all people, no matter what their ethnic is. 1222 Words ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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