To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
One night Ponyboy goes out with his buddies Johnny and Dally were they sneak into a drive in movie, where they see 2 girls. Ponyboy starts talking to one of the girls cherry who tells him”things are rough all over.”(35) Ponyboy doesn't believe this though because he thinks money can solve all their problems. Cherry was trying to tell ponyboy that everyone has problems even ones he has never heard of before. This didn't make sense to Ponyboy yet. After running from the police when johnny stabbed Bob a soc they find themselves in an abandoned church.
First, Scouts father, Atticus, a lawyer, was defending a negro man named Tom Robinson. Tom was a good hearted man, but perceived differently because he was black. Tom was accused of raping Mayella Ewell, Bob Ewell’s daughter. Atticus takes this case in defending Tom. Tom passes the Ewell house everyday from work, and sees Mayella sitting on the porch.
To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the small, rural town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the early 1930s. The character of Atticus Finch, Scout 's father, was based on Lee 's own father, a liberal Alabama lawyer and statesman who frequently defended African Americans within the racially prejudiced Southern legal system. Scout and her brother Jem are raised by their father and by Calpurnia, an African-American housekeeper who works for the family. Scout and Jem meet and befriend seven-year-old Dill Harris, a boy who has arrived in Maycomb to stay with his aunt for the summer. Lee has stated that the character of Dill is based on young Truman Capote, a well-known Southern writer and childhood friend.
In the end of the book when Scout offers to walk Boo home he is able to reflect on all the times he has been watching out for Scout and Jem. He knows in his heart that he only wanted the best for the two children and now that he has stepped out of his shadow he can really feel complete with his life choices towards the children. In relation to Boo finally emerging from his house; Boo saves the kids from Bob Ewell. When Scout and Jem were being attacked by Bob no one could’ve known what was happening or that they were in danger. Boo made it eminent to the kids that he had all along been watching out `for them when he runs out and saves their lives; returning Jem home safely as well as Scout in the process.
Growing up Jem and Scout they heard of a man named Boo Radley. They heard rumors about how Boo was a murderer and that he is locked up in the basement of his parents house. The Radley’s house was just few houses down from Jem and Scouts and being kids they were very curious. They created games, but out of those games held their true opinions of how they felt about Boo. Jem describes his image of Boo, “..Six and a half feet tall,....he dined on raw squirrels and cats he could catch, that 's why his hands are bloodstained-if ate an animal raw you could never wash the blood off.
When the Finches and Heck Tate learn that Jem likely stabbed and killed their neighbor, Bob Ewell, after he assaulted Jem and his sister, Scout. Heck tried to convince Atticus he should play it off as if Bob accidentally stabbed himself, but Atticus believed, “‘Heck, it’s mighty kind of you and I know you’re doing it from that good heart of yours, but don’t start anything like that’” (Lee 365). He believes that the law should be fully respected and wanted to set the example for his kids that there are no excuses to be made for something so serious. Another way Atticus teaches this to his children is when a man named Tom Robinson, who was convicted under a false rape accusation, was shot dead in prison for trying to escape. Even though it is terrible news for everyone, Atticus believes “‘What was one Negro, more or less, among two hundred of ‘em?
Atticus, Toms lawyer, and the father of the young girl named Scout, is pressured not to defend him. Some of his family disapproves and even a lynch mob gathers in front of the jail where Tom is being held. During the trial Tom is shown to have good character and proven innocent, but still gets convicted. Feeling as if he will never get a fair trial Tom tries to escape but is shot and killed doing so. Tom later gets some
In the book, he is assigned to defend a black man in court who is accused of raping a white woman. When Atticus’s daughter, Scout, talks about what happened at school, she says that “...the school buzzed with talk about him [Atticus] defending Tom Robinson, none of which was complimentary” (Lee 92). The racist people of Maycomb, Alabama were all annoyed and horrified at Atticus for taking the case. Many people at the time believed that all black men were criminals. The townspeople did not feel like Atticus should be defending a negro.
The author of To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee had wrote Atticus to say “...it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 103). He said this to Scout and Jem because mockingbirds give nothing but music for the world to enjoy and it would be cruel and uncalled for to take their life. The reason Lee wrote this is because the story has a few metaphorical mockingbirds. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are all metaphorically portrayed as mockingbirds because of their good deeds and pure hearts, such as the birds. Mr. Atticus Finch has been proven multiple times in the story that he is a good hearted gentleman that only wishes to do the right thing.