To Kill A Mockingbird

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The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee. It deals with two siblings, Jem and Scout, whose childhood innocence is threatened by numerous incidents that expose the evil side of human nature; most notably the guilty verdict in Tom Robinson's trial and the vengefulness of Bob Ewell. Harper Lee's use of setting, conflict, and characterization helps to make this novel an interesting story.

The story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama. The setting of this novel is important because it allows us to undergo an odyssey through the fires of prejudice and injustice in 1932. Maycomb, Alabama is a sleepy town in the south of the United States. The time setting of this novel is the early 20th century. The small sleepy town of Maycomb adds to the story's suspense as Atticus Finch tries to defend an accused black man of rape while also trying to defend his kids from prejudice.

The conflict of this story is external. The conflict arises when an ignorant white woman accuses Tom Robinson of raping her. An idealistic lawyer , Atticus Finch, gets to defend him. While their dad tries to settle the trial of Tom, Jem and Scout have a hit and run relationship with Boo Radley, who is a secluded child who never comes out of the house. The children , their friend Dill, and their Aunt Stephanie suspect him of insanity.

Atticus Finch is a lawyer who is fighting a trial for an innocent man, Tom Robinson. Jem Finch is the son of Atticus Finch, and Scout is his 6 year old girl who is a tomboy. Dill is Jem and Scout's friend who likes to go to Boo Radley's house and tell rumors about him. Boo Radley is a child who never comes out of the house.