Everyone grows up, but at different rates and different ways. The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about a girl named Scout and her brother, Jem, who grows up in Maycomb County a time when racism was very common in Alabama. Their father, Atticus Finch, is a defense attorney who helps defend Tom Robinson, an African American, from being accused of rape. The book takes place in the 1930s after the Great Depression while also struggling for Civil Rights. From beginning to end, Scout innocently grows up by first childishly making fun of Boo Radley, beginning to understand what goes on in her town, and growing to develop to become feminine female.
Scout, at a young age, would play around with Jem and her future "husband" Dill and the three of them would usually spend their time making fun of Boo Radley who was said to be evil and a killer. They once did a skit about Mrs. Radley and Boo Radley saying "She lost most of her teeth, her hair, and her right forefinger... Boo had bit it off one night when he couldn't find any cats and squirrels to eat (39)" as part of their story. Although they feared Boo Radley, they would try to find ways to get him to come so they may see him. Once they wrote a note asking him to come out and when Atticus came and read the letter, he asked, "Why do you want Mr. Radley to come out? (44)." The children responded saying they just wished to see him. After a month the children became tired from making stories about Mr. Radley. Couple years later, Scout begins to understand things a little better than before.
Scout, who is now about the age of eight or nine, becomes aware of many things that happen in Maycomb County that catches her attention. They happen to be that many people are racists to African Americans; she finally learns what the phrase "to kill a mockingbird" means, and the reason why Boo Radley stays in his house. Scout notices some racism in her county when Jem and Scout go to visit their maid's, Calpurnia,...
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