To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a historical fiction book. This book is about a family, the Finch's, who struggle with the hardships of life. The main spotlight of the book meanders around a court case consisting of a black man raping a white woman. This case shapes the whole stories and unfolds many of the problems within the book. Scout and Jem Finch learn how life can be very cruel if you are "different" than the others.

The setting is located in Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930's. The Great Depression had just passed so many families are very poor and struggle to survive. All the people in the town are very close and know each other; they are all like a big family. Much of the population is white but there are also many blacks. The mood of the story starts up in a good way, but then it gets sad with the things happening around town.

The main characters of the book are Scout, Jem, and Atticus Finch. The three of them are a family who live together. Jem Finch is the main character of the book. She is growing throughout the book and learning new things that are very interesting to her. For example, she is curious about school and her next door neighbor, Boo Radley. He is thought to be a ghost or a murderer whom all the children are scared of. Jem is Scout's older brother. He is very wise and acts as a role model to Scout. Atticus, a lawyer, is the one who deals with the central conflict of the book - Tom Robinson's case. He helps his children deal with their fears and helps them understand issues. All three of these characters change throughout the book as they become more...