Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. Atticus Finch is the father of James “Jem” Finch and Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Walter Cunningham is a child with whom Scout, the main character, interacts with during the book. Scout and Jem become friends with Miss. Rachel Haverford’s nephew, Charles Baker “Dill” Harris. Miss Maudie Atkinson is the children’s neighbor and mentor. The book is written in the first person point of view of Scout who narrates the events of her childhood. The Finch children meet Dill and together the trio are immensely interested in their neighbor, Author “Boo” Radley, because he is reclusive. Atticus is a lawyer who is chosen to represent Thomas “Tom” Robinson. Tom is falsely accused of raping the daughter of Robert E. Lee Ewell, Mayella Violet Ewell, who was actually beat-up by her father. Mr. Ewell tries to get revenge on Atticus for destroying his pride. Mr. Ewell attacks the children, but the reclusive Boo saves their life. The book is based off of the Scottsboro trial. Racism was immensely prevalent in the South during the time this novel is set. An ongoing theme in the novel is that it is wrong to harm the innocent because they are misguided, they do not do anything wrong.
Miss. Maudie and Atticus teach that it is wrong to harm innocent living creatures. Atticus is telling Jem and Scout that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird when they are learning to shoot, so Miss. Maudie is trying to…

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