A review of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mocking Bird"

Essay by Pat TanseyCollege, UndergraduateA, November 1996

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This is a book about a man named Atticus Finch, his children and the people of his town. This story takes place in a place called Maycomb County in the state of Alabama. The time is in the 1940's and '50's.

The story starts out with a girl, 'Scout' telling the story of something as an adult. She starts out talking about the summers that she remembers most. It was when her brother, Jem had and she had experienced the most memorable years of their lives. I will be telling the story through 'Scout's' eyes.

When Jem had nearly been thirteen years old, he had badly broken his arm and it all started out with the Ewells, at least I think so, but Jem says that it started out way before that in the summer that 'Dill' came to us, it was his idea to try to get Boo Radley to come out of his house.

I was being wise and said, 'If you want to take a broader look at things, it really began when General Jackson ran the Creeks up the creek, if he hadn't, Simon Finch would have never paddled up to Alabama, and where would we be if he hadn't?' We thought that we were too old to get into a fight over it so we asked Atticus. He said that we were both right.

There were many rumors about Boo Radley, many of which, were heard by Jem and me. He was thought to have stabbed his father in the leg with scissors and everyone thinks that he is a freak. Boo Radley was said to have never been seen by anyone but his family for many years ever since he stabbed his father. Dill had the 'brilliant' idea that they should try to get...