Essay on Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1019 Words Feb 11th, 2016 5 Pages
In 1960, Harper Lee wrote a novel titled To Kill a Mockingbird. The book addresses racism in a small town called Maycomb County, Alabama in the 1930s. The book is narrated by Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Her father is a lawyer whose name is Atticus Finch and he accepts a case involving a Black man named Tom Robinson. Tom had been accused of raping a poor white girl named Mayella Ewell. Mayella’s family would be considered in today’s society as “White trash.” The town and even some members of Atticus’ family criticized Mayella’s family, calling them “nigger-lovers” and other degrading names. The night before the trial Tom was sent to the county jail and Atticus, fearing an attack, stands guard outside the jail all night. Scout was scared for her dad so she, her brother, and their friend snuck out to keep watch. When they arrived, Atticus was surrounded by a group of men that were trying to kill Tom. Scout, who was frightened for her dad, jumped out and started talking to one of the men. The innocence of Scout turned the raging crowd away and the next morning marked the beginning of the trial of Tom Robinson. Mayella’s side of the story was that she asked Tom to do work around her home while her father was out. She said that he came into her house, beating and raping her until her father came home. Tom’s version was a little different. He said that she asked him to come inside, and when he did, she threw herself onto him and began to kiss him. Tom tried to push Mayella off of…

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