To Kill a Mockingbird Summary

Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Great Depression, 1930s Pages: 3 (1190 words) Published: May 9, 2011
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The movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” represents the rough and struggling times of the Great Depression, while also telling a heart-warming tale of self-discovery and friendship. The story is told through the eyes of six-year-old Scout Finch, daughter of lawyer Atticus Finch and younger sister of 10-year-old Jem Finch. Jem and Scout are naïve, adventurous kids who made it out on the wealthier end of the spectrum during the depression because of Atticus being a lawyer. Since Mrs. Finch passed away when the children were young, Calpurnia, the African-American housemaid, was the closest thing they had to a mother.

The legend of Boo Radley thrived in the town of Maycomb, and the stories were “enhanced” by the many gossipers as well as the children that believed and encouraged the tale. Boo was built up to be a mean, vicious monster that only came out at night to spy on the sleeping children in the town. Or so Jem and Scout thought. One summer, Dill, a seven-year-old boy who was visiting his Aunt Stephanie who lived next door to the Finches, came into Jem and Scout’s lives and the three’s adventures they shared kicked off a beautiful childhood friendship. Dill was constantly manipulating the Finch children into sneaking into Boo’s yard at night and trying to get a peek in his window, to try to get a glimpse of the “monster”.

When Tom Robinson, one of the blacks that lived in Maycomb, was convicted of raping farmer Bob Ewell’s daughter, Mayella, Officer Tate asked Atticus to defend him in his case. Knowing that doing so would practically ruin his career’s reputation, Atticus still accepted the case, being the loyal, goodhearted man that he was. Unfortunately after blatantly proving that Tom was innocent, the racist jury ruled Tom guilty. On the way to the prison, Tom made an attempt to escape the police car, and was shot down and “accidentally” killed.

One night, when Jem, Scout and Dill snuck out to try to get a peek at Boo Radley through...
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