To Kill A Mockingbird In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a extravagant novel written by Harper Lee. Harper explains how life was growing up in the 1930’s. She made up a small, fictional town called Maycomb, Alabama. The story is told through the eyes of a 5-year old girl named Scout Finch. Scout Finch has an ideal father named Atticus Finch. Harper Lee based Atticus off of her real father. Atticus was a liberal Alabama lawyer , who frequently defended African Americans. Atticus also has a son named Jem, who is four years older than Scout. Their housekeeper, Calpurnia , helps Atticus raise the kids. She is an African American woman who is basically like a mother figure to Jem and Scout. Jem and Scout meet an acquaintance name Dill Harris. He comes during the summer to…show more content…
Tom Robinson, an African American is also. He was accused of rape of Mayella Ewell. Mayella is Bob Ewell’s daughter. Atticus, is appointed as the defense attorney. Bob Ewell saw Mayella kissed Tom, but she didn’t know he was in there. Bob started beating Mayella and Tom had no choice but to run away. Mayella stuck to her father 's story,hoping that the town wouldn’t downgrade her. Mayella’s eye was bruised on the left side. Atticus asks Tom to sign his name on a piece of paper. Bob does so , but he signs with his left hand. Then Atticus throws Tom an object and he catches it with his right hand. He had hurt his left hand when he was younger in a cotton gin. Therefore, Atticus proved that Tom was innocent , but because he was black he was found guilty. However, the jury returns with a guilty verdict sentencing Tom to be executed for rape. Later, Tom was shot to death during an attempt to escape from jail. Jem, Dill, and Scout all have different opinions about the Tom Robinson trial, but they all believe that he was innocent. Scout didn 't understand how a man could be hated so much just by the color of his skin. She was raised by a man who was against racism , and she didn’t see a difference between herself and this

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