Psychological Character Profile

Marah, Keyten, and Paige

Boo Radley

Factor: Community/Society

Evidence: We chose Community/Society, because throughout the book, Boo is talked about very frequently, most of the which are not in a positive way. Everybody is very judgy and think they’re right about him, but they are totally wrong. All of these things we hear out of the book are false. Boo isn’t such a scary person. He is actually a very loving and caring man. Because people don’t see Boo, they automatically made things up about him that were not true.


Quotation: “Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he why his hands were bloodstained--if you are an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time” (Lee 16).

Symbol: Mockingbird

A Mockingbird is a harmless creature. They make music for all to hear. In the novel they say it is a sin to kill a Mockingbird. Boo does nothing but watch the children from his window causing no harm just like a Mockingbird.

Tom Robinson

Factor: Physical Traits

Evidence: Tom was intended to lose from the very beginning. Numerous things were against him, all of which had to do with the way he looked. These are just a few reasons why we chose Physical Traits for the factor of Tom Robinson. Another physical appearance that was a turning event in the story was his arm. It was a sure fact that Tom didn’t do what the Ewell’s accused him of… Raping Mayella.

Quotation: “Tom was a black-velvet Negro, not shinty, but soft black velvet. The whites of his eyes shone in his face, and when he spoke we saw flashes of his teeth. If he had been while, he would have been a fine specimen of a man” (Lee 257).

Symbol: Boxing Gloves

Boxing Gloves symbolize strength. Tom has to go through such a terrible trial for something he didn’t do. It takes lots of strength to go though that knowing good and well that you didn’t do anything wrong. It’s also very hard being punished when all you did was tell the truth. Tom is very good at not letting the racism get to him. If people were that racist toward me, I wouldn’t be able to take it.

Atticus Finch

Factor: Morals/Values

Evidence: Atticus is a man of morals and values. Throughout the book Atticus shows his morals and values by doing things for his children that they necessarily don’t like. He knows he needs to protect them and watch over them and he will stick to that plan as much as he can. When Atticus stands up for Tom, it shows how he stays true to who he is. Even though he knows hes not going to win the case he does it anyway. He does this because he knows it’s the right thing to do. It’s not necessarily what he wants to do, but he knows that it is what he needs to do.

Quotation: “‘First of all,’ he said, ‘if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--’

‘Sir?’

‘--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’” (Lee 39).

Symbol: Heart

The heart symbolizes everything Atticus does. From where he protects his children to when he stands up for Tom. It is all out of heart. For his children, he must watch over them and do things they may not like, but he’s doing it for the better. When he defends Tom Robinson, he does it because he knows it’s the right thing to do. He does it out of heart. It’s just the right thing to do.