In a Small Town of Maycomb, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

In a Small Town of Maycomb, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, takes place in a small town called Maycomb, during the 1930's. A friendly town with children as well as old people. The kids found it boring, there was nothing intresting, no money, and nothing to buy. There lives Scout Finch, her older brother Jem, and their father Atticus, who is a lawyer. They are living better then most families in the area because Atticus gets a lot of work. During one summer, one of the neighbor's nephew visits, Dill, and Scout and Jem become friends with him. Dill developes an obsession with Arthur Radley, also known as Boo, who, along with his brother Nathan, lives next door to the Finches but is never seen outside the home. Soon after summer ends, Scout has to start school, and her teacher finds out she has been reading on her own and ironically tells her to stop, she soon begins to hate school. One day on their way home Scout and Jem find gifts in a tree in front of the Radley home. As Dill returns the next summer they start attempting to get Boo out, Atticus finds out and makes them stop, but they continue to scheme for the last day of summer. They sneak on to the property where Jems pants get stuck and he has to take them off, the next they he finds them sewn nicely and hung on the Radley fence. They find more presents in the tree, but the hole soon gets plugged up by Nathan.
One night during a fire of one of the houses, Boo is unseen, but puts a blanket over scout. Atticus takes the case of a black man, Tom Robinson who is accused of rape by the Ewells, a family who live in a dump. This causes tension from others and within the family. During the trial everyone watches as a case is made, Tom is clearly innocent, but because he is black going against a white mans word, even though the white man is trash, he is found guilty. They soon learn he tried to escape and was shot dead. Bob Ewell also decides to get vengence, failing to get Tom's wife and the judge, he goes after Jem and Scout on halloween, where the kids were dressed up. He attacks with a knife but fails as Scout runs and Jem stays behind. The next day Bob is found stabbed and Boo carried Jem home, as they find out he has a broken leg.

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The book was very good, even though I found it boring in the begining, I found it a very intresting read through. As you read, you find out peoples morals, you see the innocence of the people who never meant to hurt anyone, you see how people are innocent and how they don't understand how their actions can have a bigger impact, you see how they soon begin to understand things, they begin to understand what they are doing, and that when they do they are not innocent if they continue doing it. When Dill and Jem were trying to get Boo out, they had no evil plans or meant to hurt him, they were just curious and thats it. For example, when Bob attacked the kids, he knew exactly what he was doing, he wasn't innocent. Overall it was a good book that showed what the 1930s were like in the south.
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