To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The story To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is set in 1932 in the middle of the Great Depression in a deep southern town called Maycomb, Alabama. In this time African Americans were segregated and looked down upon in America and especially in southern states like Alabama. In FDR’s 1932 inaugural address he stated that “We have nothing to fear but ourselves”. He said this because in a time of economical depression there was no hope. With no hope in a society things can start to fall apart and people go crazy. Harper Lee cleverly illustrates this.
African Americans and the poor were the most vulnerable in the Great Depression. Bob Ewell was a piece of malevolent trash who lived by the town dump in a old negro house. When he saw Tom Robinson helping Mayella in the kitchen he beat his daughter for interacting with a negro, then he accused Tom of rape. Mayella being too ashamed to tell that it was her own dad who had beat her went along with the story that Tom Raped her. Atticus Finch proved that Tom was innocent by asking questions to Mayella, Bob, and Tom. Mayella’s story and Bob’s story did not match up. But since the jury was all white and the trial taking place in a deep southern society Tom was found guilty just because he was a African American. Because of this an innocent man died. And then as if he didn’t already cause enough trouble Bob Ewell tried to murder Atticus’s children Jem and Scout. But thanks to Boo Radley they were saved.
Mr. Nathan Radley was the father of Boo Radley. When Boo Radley was about fifteen he got in trouble with the law for locking the janitor of the courthouse in the outhouse. When he was brought to court and was going to be shipped of to industrial school which was the best secondary education in Alabama, his father told the judge that he would take him home and he wouldn’t cause any more trouble. Nathan Radley was a church going man and in church they preach forgiveness yet when his son did a petty crime he didn’t forgive him, he locked him up for over two decades. This is an evil and hypocritical...