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To Kill A Mocking Bird Essay

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The narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird is Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch who lives with her brother Jem and widowed father who is a lawyer in the Alabama town of Maycomb. The story covers three consecutive summers and at the start of the tale Scout is aged six.During the first summer, a new boy named Dill moves into town and he, Scout, and Jem become good friends. They play a lot together acting out different stories and fantasies. One recurring theme deals with a run-down, eerie looking house on their street owned by Mr. Nathan Radley. Even though the Radley brothers live there, they have not been maintaining the property and nobody in town has ever seen either of them.The reader learns that this was Scout's first year at school and that she has been having problems. She would prefer to stay at home and be taught by her father, but this is against the law. As time goes by, Scout and Jem find some mysterious presents in the knothole of an old tree on the Radley place, leading to fascination with the mysterious Boo Radley.Jem, Dill, and Scout venture out one night to try to see into Boo Radley's back window - an adventure that leads to frightening results, especially for Jem. As the summer comes to a close, Scout and Jem find more presents in the Radley tree. Their treasures include small sculptures and a watch. Unfortunately, Mr. Radley, who seals up the hole in the tree, suddenly cuts off their bounty.Winter comes quickly, bringing a rare snowstorm to Maycomb. Miss Maudie's house is ruined in a fire, and Scout has a rare encounter with Boo Radley without even knowing it.Scout gets into a number of fisticuffs with both a classmate and her cousin when the two boys taunt her about her father, whom they insult by calling him a "nigger lover." Atticus explains to Scout that he will be defending a black man named Tom Robinson on the charge of rape.That Christmas which is spent at Finch's Landing, the family farm, they are given air rifles, but are told not to kill a mockingbird. It is explained to them that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird as they only given humans pleasure by singing their heart out.Jem and Scout's Aunt Alexandra decides to come and stay with them during the final summer of the story and initially it appears that Scout will be on her own as her older brother has no time for her, and Dill will stay with his mother and new stepfather. He, however, runs away from home to stay with his aunt in Maycomb for the rest of that summer.The trial of Tom Robinson is scheduled to begin and when he is...

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