"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

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: To Kill a Mocking Bird Literary Analysis of a Novel

Behind the Words of To Kill a Mockingbird

The book revolved wholly around the people and the community in Maycomb County. The narrator, whose name is Scout, narrated the story mostly about the people in her neighborhood. The Radleys were a dominant subject through which she discussed about from the beginning of the book. They were a point of interest to Scout as a little kid- especially Boo Radley, who, as the summers rolled by, became even more of a curiosity. The author's addition of Boo Radley's existence created an intriguing anonymity to capture the reader's interest of the characters. As the chapters turned, it kept one questioning oneself what is the person beneath the cover that the kids draped the man's character in. Then when the ending arrived, all the concerns that Scout set out in the early chapters were answered in a gratifying way.

Boo Radley turned out to be a real nice man, and the mere reason for his remaining in the house all the time was because he desired to.

The meaning behind 'To Kill a Mockingbird' was stated in chapter 10, page 90, by Miss Maudie: "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill mockingbird." The mockingbird symbolized Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Tom Robinson was an innocent man who just wanted to help out other people, even when the consequences caused his own demise. He didn't do anything wrong, but yet they shot him down- the mockingbird not only represented him but also the whole Black community. The Black people...