Characterization is what ignites a piece of literature and allows it come to life in the mind of the reader. The characters of the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee greatly enhanced the good and evil colors of Maycomb and the people that live there.
Arthur "Boo" Radley is a recluse who never sets foot outside of his house, Boo grabs the imaginations of Scout, Jem and Dill. He is a powerful symbol of goodness, he leaves little presents for Scout and Jem. Boo gives the children many hours of amusement, they reenact his whole life in a play they act out daily. Boo is feared and gossiped about by the town and his surrounding neighbors. Boo is not reveled in the novel until the last two chapters, when he saves Scout and Jem's lives. When Scout first notices Boo he is standing in a corner and not moving or saying a word.
Scout understands that he is uncomfortable and tries to console him with kindness. Boo is descried as a thin, tall and "sickly white" man. Throughout the novel Boo is characterized by the people of Maycomb as an evil and mentally unstable man. But when he revels himself to Scout and Jem he is there to help them. Boo is one of this novel's "mockingbirds", he is a good person that has been wounded by the evil, gossip, of man. Boo helped bring the main theme of the novel to a better focus for me. He allowed me to change my views on a character mid-book and understand what Lee was trying to bring to light.
Calpurnia is the black maid and nanny of the Finch household. Calpurnia is the only mother figure that Jem and Scout respect and she is able to discipline them with...