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Analysis On To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Harper Lee’s novel is considered to be an American Classic. Set during the 1930s, at the time of the Great Depression, in the US it was a time of excess poverty and a daily struggle for many. The book tells the story of the early life of Jean Louise Finch (Scout) and her Brother Jeremy Finch (Jem) as they grow up in Maycomb County, Alabama. Told in first person narrative from the perspective of Scout it is an excellent way to convey the feelings that she battles with as well as beautifully conveying the events unfolding. Set over a 3 year period the book addresses many of the issues children have growing up, including their inquisitive drive for information and lust for knowledge. In ...view middle of the document...

The stories surrounding him vary from a desire only to come out at night to tales of him eating cats and mice and an attempted murder on his father with a pair of kitchen scissors.
The children’s fascination with Boo Radley is intensified by the arrival of a new character to the book, Charles Baker Harris (Dill). Dill is loosely described as a troublesome child who is passed around family members with the changing of the seasons. During the summer months he travels to Maycomb county to stay with his aunt Ms Rachel who happens to be a neighbour of the Finch’s. Scout, Jem and Dill strike up an immediate friendship cemented by their love of acting games and matching inquisitiveness that centres around a need for more knowledge of Boo. Dill appears during the summer holidays in the book and Lee goes between this narrative and that of Scout and Jem at school. The children try everything to get Boo to show his face but to no avail and are scolded by Atticus when he discovers what they have been doing.
The second part of the novel begins to focus on the trial of Tom Robinson, the negro accused of raping a white woman whom Atticus is providing the defence for. The trial is the centrepiece of the novel and is what everything has been leading up to and which creates the situation which brings the book to a chilling close. Atticus has been chosen by the Judge to defend Robinson against the charge of raping Miss Mayella Ewell a young white woman who lives nearby his house. The trial is the event of the year for Maycomb County and stirs up a lot of passion among the people of the town who all descend upon the courthouse to witness proceedings. During the course of the trial Atticus goes on to, in the readers eyes, successfully prove Tom Robinsons innocence. By focusing on the fact that Bob Ewell, Mayella’s father, is left handed Atticus seeks to show that it was he who caused his daughter to be beaten on the right side of the face and not Tom who cannot use his left arm due to an accident. Jem who has snuck into the audience along with Scout and Dill is convinced that his father has secured Tom’s release. However after a long deliberation the jury returns a guilty verdict and Tom is sentenced to death.
The guilty verdict is considered wrong by many in Maycomb and Bob Ewell is incensed by the fact that Atticus has shown him up and made him out to look like the cruel violent man he truly is. Ewell confront Atticus in the street and threatens revenge upon him. It is this plot line that draws the two parts of the novel together to an exciting climax. Scout and Jem walking home at night after the performance of the school play begin to hear someone following them. As they get close to home they are suddenly and violently attacked in the pitch black. All is a blur for Scout who is knocked to the ground and hears a scream from her brother and scuffling. Finally she gets to her feet and sees someone ahead carrying her brother home. It transpires that Boo Radley had...

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