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To Kill a Mockingbird
[PDF] To Kill a Mockingbird PDF by Harper Lee
No. Of Pages:257
PDF Size: 60 KB
Language: English
Category: eBooks & Novels
Author: Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird Summary

During the Great Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the fictitious town of Maycomb, Alabama. Jean Louise (“Scout”) Finch, the protagonist, is a bright yet unusual little girl who grows from six to nine years old during the narrative. Atticus Finch, her widowed father, raises her and her brother, Jeremy Atticus (“Jem”). He is a well-known lawyer who instils in his children the values of empathy and justice. He tells them that killing a mockingbird is “a sin.” This implies that the birds are innocent and harmless.

When one of the town’s black citizens, Tom Robinson, is wrongly accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white lady, despite threats from the community, Atticus chooses to defend him. He is confronted by a crowd bent on lynching his client at one point, but he refuses to forsake him. Scout manages to defuse the situation unintentionally. Despite Atticus’s efforts to provide a more convincing defense—that Mayella was assaulted by her father, Bob Ewell—Tom is convicted, and he is subsequently murdered while attempting to flee jail. A guy compares his death to “the inexplicable murder of songbirds,” which is similar to Atticus’s remark about the mockingbird.

Meanwhile, the kids engage in their own tiny drama of prejudice and superstition as they develop a fascination with Arthur (“Boo”) Radley, a reclusive neighbour and local legend. They have their own opinions about him and can’t resist the temptation to trespass on the Radley estate. Their theories thrive on the dehumanisation that their elders have instilled in them. On the other hand, Atticus chastises them and tries to persuade them to be more sensitive. Boo makes his presence known through a series of good deeds before interfering when Bob Ewell threatens Jem and Scout. But the sheriff, Heck Tate, decides it’s better to pretend Ewell died when he tripped on his own knife, avoiding unwelcome attention for the meek Boo. Scout agrees, stating that it would be “kind of like shooting a mockingbird” to do otherwise.

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