To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, takes place in an average southern town in the 1930's Racism runs rampant; there were always plenty of victims: blacks. In this timeless classic, Harper Lee paints a picture of a town called Maycomb. Sound, friendly, and safe is the impression a passer-by might get. The residents know different, however. A strange, spooky house in the town, the Radley Place, is but one of the town's secrets. Tom Robinson, a Negro, was on trial for the alleged raped of Mayella, the daughter of Bob Ewelle. On a lighter side, there were Jem and Scout, the children of the prominent lawyer, Atticus Finch. They were just good-ol' down-to-earth people who loved and cared for all people.

Mr. Ewelle was man full of hate and hidden guilt. His daughter was supposedly raped by Tom Robinson, a soft-spoken and kind black man.

At the trial, everything seemed to point in Tom's favor. Sadly, though, the trial ended, finding Tom guilty of a crime he did not commit. That is one example of how the court system functions with racism is involved. Mr. Ewelle had lost what reputation he had. The whole town knew that he treated Mayella horribly and that an injustice was done because of him.

Jem and Scout were the son and daughter of Atticus Finch, the man who represented Tom Robinson in the trial. They were just normal kids with abnormal circumstances. Jem was the adventurous one, and Scout the thinker. Together they got into trouble; together they found the way out. They had one thing in common, their curiosity about the Radley place and Boo, in particular.

Boo and Mr. Radley were the only occupants who supposedly lived there. The old Radley place was...