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To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird I’ve never been to Alabama, but novelist Harper Lee made me feel as if I had been there in the long, hot summer of 1935, when a lawyer named Atticus Finch decided to defend an innocent black man accused of a horrible crime. The story of how the whole town reacted to the trial is told by the lawyer’s daughter, Scout, who remembers exactly what it was like to be eight years old in 1935, in Macomb, Alabama. Scout is the reason I loved this book, because her voice rings so clear and true. Not only does she make me see the things she sees, she makes me feel the things she feels. There’s a lot more going on than just the trial, and Scout tells you all about it. A man called Boo Radley lives next door. Very few people have ever seen Boo, but Scout and her friends have a lot of fun telling scary stories about him.

The mystery about Boo Radley is just one of the reasons you want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens in To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout and her big brother, Jem, run wild and play games and have a great time while their father is busy with the trial. One of their friends is a strange boy called Dill. Actually Dill isn’t really so strange once you get to know him. He says things like I’m little but I’m old, which is funny but also pretty sad, because some of the time Dill acts more like a little old man than a sevenyearold boy.

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To Kill a Mockingbird is filled with interesting characters like Dill, and Scout makes them all seem just as real as the people in your own hometown. Here’s how Scout describes Miss Caroline, who wore a redstriped dress: She looked and smelled like a peppermint drop. Dill, Boo, and Jem are all fascinating, but the most important character in the book is Scout’s father, Atticus Finch. You get the idea that Scout is writing the story down because she wants the world to know what a good man her dad was, and how hard he tried to do the right thing, even though the deck was stacked against him. The larger theme of the story is about racial intolerance, but Scout never tries to make it a lesson, it’s simply part of the world she describes.

That’s why To Kill a Mockingbird rings true, and why it all seems so real. The trial of the wrongly accused Tom Robinson takes place during the time of segregation, when black people were not allowed to socialize with white people. In that era, when a white man said a black man committed a crime, the black man was presumed to be guilty. The law required that they have a trial, but everybody knew the defendant was going to be convicted. Atticus Finch, the quiet hero of the book, tries to persuade the jury that bigotry is wrong. His words are eloquent and heartfelt.

He demonstrates that Tom Robinson couldn’t possibly have assaulted the victim. Atticus even reveals the identity of the real villain, which enrages a very dangerous enemy. This act of courage endangers not only Atticus Finch but his family as well. They become the target of hate mongers and bigots. Even though the story took place many years ago, you get the idea that parts of it could happen today, in any town where people distrust and fear each other’s differences.

In a just world an innocent man should be found not guilty. But if you want to know what this particular jury finally decides and what happens to Scout, Jem, Dill, and Boo Radley and the rest of the people who live and breathe in To Kill a Mockingbird, you’ll have to read the book! Book Reports.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Atticus is flimsy and feeble… That is what Scout Finch, the narrator
of To Kill A Mockingbird thought about her father, she was wrong. Atticus
is kind, wise, and seeks the truth. I will prove all these to you in the following
paragraphs.
Atticus is smart. He is wise to teach his children good manners, and to
be good people. When he tells Jem not to kill a mockingbird because it is a
sin to so, or when he tells his children that he doesnt use his intelligence over
people to his advantage, he is showing wisdom. When his children have a
question, he has an answer. He is a lawyer, so it is to his advantage to be
smart. Like with the Tom Robinson case, he proved Mr.Ewell to be a bad
witness. He also understands how people think and how to react to them.

Atticus seeks the truth in everything, like in the Tom Robinson case.
Even Judge Taylor knew that Tom was innocent, which is why he got Atticus
to defend him. Still Atticus sought the truth in the case, even though it was
the 1930s and a black mans word was not as good as a white persons
word. Atticus believed in Tom. He makes a good lawyer because of this trait
of seeking the truth.

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Atticus would be kind to everyone. He gives Mayella the title Miss…,
and treats her nicer than people usually would. She wasnt comfortable with
it, but that is the way he is. Atticus is trying to teach his children to be
courteous to everyone, too. Atticus always thinks of others, too. He was kind
to Mrs. Dubose, because she was on morphine. He is also nice to Mrs. Tom
Robinson, and the black community. This shows his kindness and
thoughtfulness to others.

In the above paragraphs I have proven that Atticus is kind, wise and
seeks the truth. Now Scout sees that Atticus isnt flimsy and feeble. She sees
that he is strong and wise, and that she and Jem should respect him.


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