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"To Kill A Mockingbird" By Harper Lee

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The book To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee. Itwas published in 1960 then it went on to win the Pulitzer prize in1961 and was later made into an Academy Award winning film. Harper Leealways considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it isregarded as a masterpiece of American Literature. There are so manycharacters in this book that I can't name all of them. Here are mostof the characters.The Finch family contains of Atticus (The head of thehousehold), Aunt Alexandra (Atticus's sister), (Jem) Jeremy (Theoldest of Atticus's two children), (Scout) Jean Louise (The youngestof the two . She also trys to be a boy by doing boy things). And youcan't forget their black maid. ...view middle of the document...

Soon it is Summer again , and Dill returns for another visit.The children's plans for making contact with Boo Radley grew bolderthis year, and on Dill's last night they decide to sneak up onto theRadley porch and spy on Boo. Jem goes first, but just as he reachesthe window, Nathan Radley catches site of them and scares them offwith a blast from a shot gun.Jem realizes that Boo is not a monster after all, but has beenplaying along with them. Scout does not figure this out until thewinter, on the night that the house of their neighbor burns to theground. While Scout is standing outside in the cold, someone sneaks upbehind her and places a blanket around her. Later, Scout and Jemrealize that there was only one person in town who has not already atwork fighting the fire and that was Boo.Now that Jem and Scout realize that Boo is basically a kindperson, their interest in the Radley family begins to fade. In themeantime, they learn that their father has become the defense lawyerfor Tom Robinson, who is charged with raping Mayella Ewell.As the trial of Tom Robinson grows nearer, the children becomemore aware of the strong feeling it has aroused in everyone inMaycomb. One day their housekeeper takes Jem and Scout to visit herchurch, and the children realize for the first time that the blackparishioners are supporting Tom Robinson's wife.Two nights before the trial is to start, a group of men cometo the Finch house to tell Atticus about threats against TomRobinson's life. Atticus spends the next night camped out at the jailto defend Tom from the mob. Jem, Scout and Dill go downtown to checkon Atticus and arrive at the same time as a group of men, who havecome to kill Tom. Scout recognizes one of the men in the group asWalter Cunningham. Her friendliness embarrasses the man so much thathe and the mob leave.The next day, at the trial, Atticus" questions make it clearthat Mayella and her father are lying about the rape. Neverless thejury convict him because their prejudices prevent them from taking ablack man's word against two whites. Atticus is now a hero in theblack...

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