To Kill a Mockingbird

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

There are many great books which can captivate readers with their stories, and the novel To kill a Mockingbird is for sure one of the most popular and appreciated books of American literature. This novel was released in 1960, and its author Harper Lee took as inspirational source her personal life and that of her neighbors in writing the story. Although the novel focuses on racial issues, and mostly on the idea that black people were not treated equally with the white people at the time, the story contains many humorous comments, which are meant to bring laughter in the reader’s room.
So in what follows, we are going to present you To kill a Mockingbird’ plot.

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To begin with, you need to know that the narrator’s father, embodied by the character Atticus Finch, is a real model of integrity for justice and lawyers. The action takes place back in the Great Depression, which was an economic crisis period preceding World War II. The narrator uses an unreal, imaginary old town, named Maycomb, in Alabama to set the action of her story. The main character is a 6 year-old girl named Scout Finch, who lives together with her father Atticus Finch, who is a lawyer, and her older brother, Jem Finch. The two kids pass their time with Dill, a little boy who visits his aunt every summer. Boo Radley is a secondary character that comes on stage as a strange neighbor, who lives isolated and, sometimes, scares the near-by living kids that imagine terrifying things about him. The kids keep their minds busy with finding ways in which to make this mysterious person appear in front of their eyes, but disappointingly Boo remains hidden.

The action of the story moves to presenting the struggle Atticus leads in defending Tom Robinson, a black man who has been imprisoned under accusation of having raped a white woman. From now on, Atticus’ family has to suffer from mocking comments neighbors and other citizens of Maycomb address them. Most white citizens of the old town are disapproving Atticus decision to defend Tom, who is considered guilty from beginning without proving it. Although the lawyer proves that Tom didn’t abuse Mayella Ewell, the black man is still imprisoned and then shot dead, while trying to escape. Myella’s father injuries the lawyer and attacks his two kids, when they were coming back home from school. Fortunately, a mysterious man saves them and brings them home. The kids realize that they have been saved by their mysterious neighbor, Boo. Myella’s father is found dead and Boo and Jem are accused, but the sheriff accepts the fact that the man stabbed himself accidentally. In the end of To kill a Mockingbird, Scout thinks of Boo and feels sorry for his misery life.