To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about a family living in a town named Maycomb where the blacks and whites live separately. Atticus, the dad, explains to his children, Scout and Jem, that killing mockingbirds is a sin. He says that mockingbirds don’t do anything but make beautiful music, and we should never kill them. Many of the characters are comparable to the mockingbird in the title because they are innocent but are still caught in the line of fire. Boo Radley attacked his father with scissors, and people told him to put Boo in and asylum, his father refused and locked him in the house. For example, Boo Radley is seen as “a malevolent phantom” (8), even though Scout and Jem have never seen him. He is viewed by Maycomb County as a mysterious and hateful creature. The people make up fictitious stories about him, which further hurts his image. In addition, even “a negro would not pass the Radley house at night, he would cut across to the sidewalk”. (9) Boo has such a bad reputation, that even negros are scared to walk by his house. Not only did the rumors spread through t...
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