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To Kill a Mockingbird

By meganffff Apr 18, 2014 500 Words
 To Kill a Mockingbird
Written by Harper Lee
Published in 1960

The story of To Kill a Mockingbird is narrated by Scout Finch, an observant young girl living in the sleepy town of Maycomb, Alabama. Scout is, I feel, what makes the story come alive. Lee writes the book in such a way that as the reader I feel as if I am seeing and experiencing the same things that she is. Scout lives with her older brother Jem, and her father Atticus. Scout’s mother has passed away, so she is forever on Jem’s heels, learning the ways of the world from an intelligent point of view beyond her years. In the small town, Atticus is a lawyer who has been appointed by the courts to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white girl named Mayella. It becomes obvious during Tom’s trial that he is physically unable to commit the crime due to an arm injury. In addition, it also becomes apparent that Mayellas father, Bob Ewell, was the actual perpetrator of the abuse against his daughter after discovering the sexual advances that Mayella had made towards Tom. Despite Atticus’ convincing defence of Tom, he was already a condemned man solely because of the colour of hi skin. This, i.e. Racial Intolerance, is one of the main themes of the book. However, Scout as the narrator never tries to make it a ‘lesson’ as such; it is simply a part of the world in which she lives. This is why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ comes across as being so realistic and relatable. Despite Tom being sent to prison, Bob Ewell seeks revenge towards Atticus for bringing to light the truths about his violence towards Mayella, although he vehemently denies it. Bobs revenge is eventually inflicted upon Scout and Jem one night as they walk home from a school pageant. They are saved from this attack by their mysterious neighbour Boo Radley. Boo has remained inside his home since an incident with the law. Rumours have surfaced about Boos craziness, leading Scout and Jem to fear the worst about him looming inside his home. In earlier parts of the story, Scout and Jems fascination with Boo have them attempting to draw him out of his seclusion. The mystery of Boo Radley is something which Lee sustains right until the end of the book, and this is one of the reasons why it is so hard to put down. Throughout the story, both Atticus and his black cook, Calpurnia exemplify the true moral compasses to Scout and the reader. They bring light to the importance of equality for all men regardless of race, colour, or creed. They are the voice of reason in this towns ever present injustice. Although the story took place many years ago, it is written in such a way that you get the idea that parts of it could happen today, in any town where people distrust and fear others differences.

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