To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee in the mid-1950s, is a book of great content. Throughout the story, the novel explores such genres as coming-of-age story, social drama, courtroom drama and Southern drama.
The story takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, in 1933-1935. Scout Finch, a rather tomboyish girl, lives with her brother, Jem, and her widowed father, Atticus. The nation is suffering of the Great Depression, but Atticus Finch, a prominent lawyer, is able to maintain a relatively good quality of life for the Finch family and himself. Dill, a new friend of Jem and Scout, lives in their neighborhood for the summer. One day, the children become fascinated by the Radley Place, a spooky house on their street. There, a man named Boo Radley has lived for years without ever venturing outside.
That fall, Scout goes to school for the first time and hates it.
On the way back, she and Jem find gifts apparently left for them in a hole in a tree in front of the Radleys' house. The following summer, Dill returns and all three children begin making an act of Boo Radley's story. Seeing this, Atticus puts a stop to their frolics, advising the children to try to see situations from other peoples' perspectives before judging them. Nevertheless, on Dill's last night in Maycomb for the summer, the three sneak out to the Radleys' house, where they are shot at by Nathan Radley, Boo's brother. During their escape, Jem loses his pants on a fence. When he goes back to get them, he finds them mended and resting on the fence. The next winter, Jem and Scout discover more gifts in the Radleys' tree, supposedly left there by Boo. Eventually, Nathan Radley fills the hole...