To Kill A Mockingbird

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"To Kill a Mockingbird"� is one of the most famous novels written by Harper Lee. In this novel many different issues can be explored, from racism to growing up, to understanding others. "�To Kill a Mockingbird"� is a story about a trial of Negro man in a small Southern town. The novel not only displays the racial tension in a small town and the effects it has on it's citizens, but it displays it through the eyes of a young innocent child "" Scout. "�To Kill a Mockingbird"� can be read as the story of child growth and maturation. And curtain events helped her to understand the life injustice.

The first experience that scout faced was the accusation of Negro man in raping a white girl Mayella Ewell. Scout's father decides to take Tom's case. Atticus understand that this what he should do, this is what he worked on.

At the same time he understands that Tom Robinson isn't guilty. Chopping wood and doing whatever he could for Mayella Ewell was Tom Robinson's only crime. He risked his own safety by helping Mayella, and he did it, because someone needed him. While Atticus defends Tom as best as he can, the prejudice in the town is already hung.

During the trial of Tom Robinson, Atticus gives all the necessary evidence that proved his innocence. Scout watches the trial and believes that Tom Robinson to be found innocent. He tells what really happened, but he's still found guilty of a crime he didn't commit. When Scout and Jem see how Tom Robinson is treated just because he's black, they begin to understand the meaning of prejudice. Scout's disappointment in the verdict makes her question the idea of justice. At the trial she finally learns about racial prejudice.

Robert Ewell, the father of Mayella, still wasn't happy, and he wanted to avenge Atticus for defending Tom Robinson because Atticus didn't react on Bob's tries to humiliate him, Bob turned to a very low way. He attached Atticus's children at night when they were coming from school, and wanted to kill them. Then somebody came to help them.

This was the last incident that brought Scout to adulthood. At first Scout did not understand what happened, but when she came home and saw Boo standing in the corner of the room, shy and gentle, she understood that he saved her and Jem from being killed by killing the man himself. Scout realizes that bringing Boo to trial would be like killing the songbird. From that time, Scout finally has courage to stand up the Radley porch and the kids are no longer afraid of Boo Radley. They now understand him. They understand why Boo didn't come out of his house all these years, because he didn't want to, and that's how it should be.

The book "To Kill a Mockingbird"� brings the main themes, which are prejudice, intolerance, courage and justice. In the book was shown how two young children grew up and came to understanding of human nature. They grew up on two events, the killing of Tom Robinson and almost killing of Boo Radley. In this book they represented mockingbirds, because they did only good for people. And when Tom Robinson was shot, it was like a mockingbird being shot down.