To kill a mockingbird – By Harper Lee
To kill a mockingbird is an American novel, written by Harper Lee. It is set in the early 20th century, and follows the story of prejudice and racism through the objective lens of an innocent 7 year old child, Jeanne ‘Scout’ Finch. The story is set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama.
In the first part of the story, Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill spend their summer, about their strange neighbor, Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley. There are many rumours about Boo radley, as he lives an unorthodox life compared to the other ‘normal’ citizens of Maycomb. Boo does not go to church on Sundays, never leaves his house, and is created such a horrible image through rumours to the point where children are scared to walk past the Radley’s house. Scout starts attending school after the summer, and the first part of the story ends. In the second part of the novel, their father Atticus Finch who is a lawyer is given the task to defend a Negro in court. The black man Atticus is defending is named Tom Robinson, and is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman. The trial is a white man’s word over a black man’s, and in the racially prejudiced town of Maycomb, Mayella’s father wins the court case. Although Atticus proved Tom to be undoubtedly not-guilty, the jury of white men voted against him, purely for the reason he is black. Scout and Jem watch secretly from the second floor of the courthouse, and Jem is upset. The young 13 year old Jem could clearly see that Tom is not-guilty, from an objective point of view. Tom gets sent to prison, and he dies by being shot after trying to escape. Sometime after the trial Mr Ewell, father of Mayella tries to get revenge on Atticus, who humiliated him in court. Mr Ewell attacks Jem and Scout as they return from the school fair. Jem’s arm is broken, and just as the children are about to be killed, they are saved by Boo Radley, who kills Mr Ewell. Scout wakes up at home, and finds Jem...
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