At the end of the novel, Scout walks Boo back to his house, stopping for a moment on his porch to look out at the town from his perspective: To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel of strong contemporary national significance.
Dolphus Raymond has been exiled by society for taking a black woman as his common-law wife and having interracial children; Mayella Ewell is beaten by her father in punishment for kissing Tom Robinson; by being turned into a non-person, Boo Radley receives a punishment far greater than any court could have given him.
Atticus stands apart as a unique model of masculinity; as one scholar explains: In the story, Scout functions as both questioner and observer.
McWhorter writes of Lee, "for a white person from the South to write a book like this in the late s is really unusual—by its very existence an act of protest.
According to town lore, Boo was sitting at a table, cutting up some papers, when suddenly he took up the scissors and stabbed his father in the thigh as he was walking past.
Everyone in Maycomb talked about it for a few days, then lost interest—except Mr. Judge Taylor presides over the court and is impressively stern with the audience of people come to gawk at Tom.
Ironically, the person she most wants to please — Atticus — is least concerned about her acting in a certain way. Scout Finch lives with her brother Jem and their father Atticus in the fictitious town of Maycomb, Alabama.
Scout and Jem almost instinctively understand the complexities and machinations of their neighborhood and town. Hoping to be published, Lee presented her writing in to a literary agent recommended by Capote.
Scout tells Atticus that Boo was really nice.
Lee was a scrappy tomboy who was quick to fight, and Capote was ridiculed for his advanced vocabulary and lisp. Jem and Dill and Scout then decide—unbeknownst to Atticus—to go watch the trial that afternoon. See Article History This contribution has not yet been formally edited by Britannica.
In fact, Atticus did so well that Mr. I mean different kinds of black people and white people both, from poor white trash to the upper crust—the whole social fabric.
Autobiographical elements Lee has said that To Kill a Mockingbird is not an autobiographybut rather an example of how an author "should write about what he knows and write truthfully".
Dubose verbal attack by destroying her plants, Jem is sentenced to read to her every day after school for one month.
No reason is given for his outburst, and because of it the children are afraid of Boo to the point where they run past his house to avoid being in front of it.
Atticus is the moral center of the novel, however, and he teaches Jem one of the most significant lessons of courage. Jem and Scout, who have sneaked out of the house, soon join him. Eventually, Dill becomes fascinated with the spooky house on their street called the Radley Place.To Kill a Mockingbird is primarily a novel about growing up under extraordinary circumstances in the s in the Southern United States.
The story covers a span of three years, during which the main characters undergo significant changes. Scout Finch lives with her brother Jem and their father.
1 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Retold by Jen Sanders, Beth Sampson, & teachers of the Newton Public Schools. Feb 04, · The author Harper Lee in with children dressed as characters from her novel “To Kill A Mockingbird.” A second novel with many of the same characters will be published this summer.
To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a child’s view of race and justice in the Depression-era South. The book sells one million copies per year, and Scout remains one of the most beloved characters in American fiction.
Explore a character analysis of Scout, plot summary, and important quotes. A short summary of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of To Kill a Mockingbird. Beautifully written from Scout's perspective, To Kill a Mockingbird is an evocative, tender, but with a passionate message that drives the novel's action. To Kill a Mockingbird is thus rightfully a much-loved and much-studied classic.Download