A Book Report On Harper Lee`s "To Kill A Mockingbird"

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A book report Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"This is the story of a lawyer's effort to defend a wrongly accused black man without sacrificing the innocence of his children.The novel takes place in the 1930s in a town called Maycomb in Alabama, which is described as a quiet, sleepy and idyllic small town. Where the children play freely and neighbours gossip innocently on the streets, and everything moves at a slow and smooth pace. But as we read along we get to see that it's all a façade and slowly the prejudice and ignorance and the double standards that permeate this town unravels.One of the main characters is Atticus Finch, Maycomb's leading attorney and also a father of two children, Jean Louise "Scout " Finch, and Jeremy "Jem" Finch. He is the voice of reason in this town and in the novel. Atticus dispenses the wisdom and logic that is the core of this novel. He teaches his children to stand up for one's beliefs in the face of prejudice by defending a black man, Tom Robinson who is wrongfully accused of raping a white woman and in doing so he exposes himself and his family to the anger of the white community.Atticus lost his wife when the children were very small and he devotes his life to them despite of criticism from family and neighbours who think his children lack discipline and proper guidance. He is a consistent man. People say that he is the same in the courtroom as he is on the streets. The code of conduct he maintains for himself remains the same no matter the circumstances. That is why he feels responsibility to take Tom Robinson's case and defend him to the best of his abilities. Because if he didn't he would have seen himself as a hypocrite. Atticus's wise parenting and way of living is summed up in chapter 30 when he says: "Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I've tried to live so I can look squarely back at him"It is through his daughter's innocent eyes this story is portrayed, Scout. A tomboy at heart, she works hard not to act like a girl by wearing overalls instead of dresses and beating up other children who irritate her. She spends her days playing outside with her brother and their best friend Dill. She is very bright for her age and she loves reading. Page by page we see how she becomes aware of the hypocrisy and social lies that are around her. She depends on her father's wisdom and character to guide her through the injustice she is witnessing. At the beginning of the novel, Scout is an innocent, good-hearted six-year-old child who has no experience of the evils of the world. As the novel progresses, one wonders whether she will emerge from that contact with her conscience and optimism intact or whether she will be bruised and hurt.Her older brother Jem is the playmate and protector of Scout and like her he learns a code of conduct from Atticus throughout the book. And also like Scout, Jem is intelligent, yet impressionable. As naïve as he is, Jem cannot fully comprehend the events that...

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