• Year Published: 1960.
  • Pages: 281.

To Kill Mockingbird Summary

This amazing book is primarily a novel about growing up in 1930 under extraordinary circumstances in the US. This takes place in Alabama during depression and is narrated by Jean Louise Scout a little girl. This books spans three years during which it experiences significant character changes. The narrator Jean Louise lives with her father and brother in a town called Maycomb in Alabama. This is a small close nit town where everybody has its own social station depending on who their parents are and where they stay. With the help of some neighbors and a black house help called Calpurnia, Atticus raises his children alone. Jean and her brother Jem understand the complexities of their town and neighborhood. The only neighbor who amazes them is Arthur Radley nicknamed Boo since he never comes out of his house.

The Children Curiosity of Mr. Boo

The children became curious and wanted to know more about Boo hence one day they created a drama which they enacted daily which explains the events of his life. Gradually they started moving towards his house which people believed was haunted. While they started leaving for him notes they are caught by Atticus who punishes them for making fun of his life. Boo’s brother fires a gun after he thinks he hears prowler. During this time the children escapes but Jem losses his pants. When he returns, he found them neatly folded. Scout is actually a tomboy who prefers the company of boys to girls.
Midway through the story he realizes that their father is going to represent someone who has been accused of beating and raping a white woman. Because of their father’s role they have to tolerate a barrage of insults and racial slurs. During this time, it was hard for her to restrain herself from fighting other children. This act later gets her into trouble with her uncle Jack and aunt Alexandra. After destroying a neighbor’s plants, Jem is sentenced to read for her for one month. As the trial draws near their aunt came to live with them with the pretense that she will be providing feminine influence to Jean.

Trial of Mr Tom

Jean’s aunt is not only proper but old fashioned as well and wants to shape Jean Scout into the best feminine model. A day before trial Tom is transferred to county jail where Atticus fearing that he might be lynched stands outside the jail’s door the whole night.Since his children are concerned about him they get into the town to look for him. A group of men then arrives and when Scout senses danger. She goes out and begins to speak to one of the men who is the father of her classmate. The trial was between Ewell’s family and Tom. According to Tom, Mayella invited him, embraced him and started to kiss him. He tried to push her away but at that time bob Ewell arrived, became furious and started to beat him. According to sheriff’s testimony, Mayella’s bruises were on the left meaning that she was most likely punched by left hand. This was not possible because Tom’s left hand was useless. Due to this, he was to be released but after hours of arguing the judge pronounced him guilty. While the judgment was unfortunate, Atticus is satisfied that the case took long. This was unique as compared to previous cases where a decision concerning a black man would be made in minutes. He tries to lodge an appeal but Tom attempts to escape from prison where he is shot dead.

The death of Mr Bob Ewel

Mr Ewel then starts to threaten Atticus and all the other people that were involved in the case. One day when Scout and Jem were coming from school he follows them and tries to kill them in the dark. While Jem breaks his arm when running the elusive Boo Rodley stabs him and saves the children. Finally, they have a chance to meet him. The sheriff then declares that he fell on his own knife hence Boo will not be tried for murder. Scout then walks boo home where he gets inside, closes the door and she never meets him again.

To Kill Mockingbird Themes List

  • Racism
  • Prejudice
  • Courage
  • Loss of Innocence
  • Growing up
  • Education
  • Justice
  • Good and Evil
  • Social Class

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