How to Kill a Mockingbird

Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, Truman Capote Pages: 1 (279 words) Published: January 12, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

The two major plots of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird are the Boo Radley plot that we find out in the beginning of the book and the Tom Robinson plot which in introduced about half way through the novel. The Boo Radley plot is seen more from Scout, Jem, and Dill’s point of view because they are just children so they will believe any thing they hear about. Jem, Scout, and Dill saw Boo Radley as a monster even though it was only a myth but adults such as Atticus saw Boo Radley as a person not as a monster.

The Tom Robinson plot takes a step into the adult world away from the Boo Radley plot in which Scout and Jem are introduced to the racist attitudes of Maycomb. In this plot an afro American named Tom Robinson is being accused of raping Mayella Ewell daughter of Bob Ewell. The trial for this case was to be held in the summer and, during the time between the trial Jem and Scout criticised because their father Atticus will be defending Tom Robinson in court. As the trial is being held evidence shows that Tom Robinson could not have raped Mayella but because of the Maycomb’s racist attitudes he is found guilty.

The two plots come together in the end of the novel when Boo Radley saves Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell as they are walking home from the pageant. Jem ends up getting his arm broken by Bob and Scout finds out that Boo Radley other wise know as Aurther Radley is not a monster but a real person.
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