To Kill A Mocking Bird
To Kill A Mocking Bird became an instant bestseller and a critical success. It was written by Harper Lee in 1960. The novel was a huge success, it even won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961. This is a story of a childhood in a Southern town. Lee created one of the most memorable characters in literature. These characters are exploring racism and civil rights in the United States of the 1930s. The story is narrated by Scout Finch. We learn about her father Atticus Finch who is an attorney. He is trying to prove the innocence of a young black man accused for rape. This novel is also coming-of-age novel where the character moves from the state of innocence to maturity. Scout Finch is that character. Women of the South during the Great Depression had to adjust to the ideal of Southern womanhood. Women were treated as fragile and delicate creatures. Scout is nothing like that. A good deal of the plot is dealing on her attempts to fit into a world that expect a tomboy to wear dresses and to be charming and sweet. The characters are also coping with cowardice and bravery, compassion, tolerance, conscience, social expectations and prejudice.
SUMMARY-To Kill A Mocking Bird
Scout Finch is a girl who lives with her brother Jem and widowed father Atticus in the Albama town of Maycomb. The town is suffering through the Great Depression. One summer, Jem and Scout met a boy Dill, their new neighbor for that summer. They became friends. Dill is fascinated with the creepy house called the Radley Place. Nathan Radley is the owner of the house. His brother Arthur, also known as Boo, lives there for years. He never left the house.
That fall, Scout goes to school for the first time and she hates it. Next summer, Dill comes back. The children are playing and making up stories about Boo Radley. Atticus stops their playing and tells them to try seeing life from another person’s perspective before making any accusation and judgment. But on Dill’s last night in town for the summer, they sneak onto Radley’s property. Nathan Radley starts shooting at them. In the escape, Jem loses his pants. He returns the next day for them. Surprisingly, the pants were patched up and hung over the wall. Next winter, Jem and Scout found some presents in the tree. They assume Boo Radley is leaving the presents in the tree for them. Shortly after that, a fire breaks out in the neighbor’s house. While Scout was watching the fire, someone put a blanket on her shoulders. She is convinced Boo did that. Jem tells his father the story about the pants and the presents.