To kill a Mockingbird

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I have read review after review about this book and i have always wanted to get my hands on it… but just never got the chance. Even though its an old book its still one of the best books ever released by any author. The story line is based around two kids and how they see the turn of events that affect them and their family. The book is told through the eys of these two kids, who have been brought up by their father.

The story takes place during three years of the Great Depression in the fictional “tired old town” of Maycomb, Alabama. The narrator, six-year-old Scout Finch, lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer. Jem and Scout befriend a boy named Dill who visits Maycomb to stay with his aunt for the summer. The three children are terrified of and fascinated with, their neighbor, the reclusive “Boo” Radley. The adults of Maycomb are hesitant to talk about Boo and for many years, few have seen him. The children feed each other’s imaginations with rumors about his appearance and reasons for remaining hidden, and they fantasize about how to get him out of his house.

Atticus is appointed by the court to defend a black man named Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. Although many of Maycomb’s citizens disapprove, Atticus agrees to defend Tom to the best of his ability. Other children taunt Jem and Scout for Atticus’ actions, calling him a “nigger-lover”.

Atticus establishes that the accusers—Mayella and her father, Bob Ewell, the town drunk—are lying. It also becomes clear that the friendless Mayella was making sexual advances towards Tom and her father caught her in the act. Despite significant evidence of Tom’s innocence, the jury convicts him. At this point of the book, Jems confidence in the legal system faulters and he realises that the truth is not important to people who give out verdicts based on skin colour.

At that point the book takes an unfortunate turn for the Robinson family and we witness a little bit of what people went through in those times when they were different. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells of  how a series of events shook their innocence, shaped their character and taught them about human nature.

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