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To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the 1930s in a small Alabama town called Maycomb The story is narrated by a young girl named Jean Louise Finch known as Scout Scout lives with her father and her brother Jeremy Finch known as Jem Scout is having to grow up with the same racism that effects her fathers Atticus Finch lawsuit The reason for the despicable attitude towards the Finchs is that Atticus defended Tom Robinson a black person Tom was charged with raping a poor white girl whose family Atticus thinks is less than trustworthy The towns racism portrayed in the trial changes the Finch family Scout was raised by her father and her maid an African American woman named Calpurnia Scout was taught by her father to respect all people including black people While attending school Scout and Jem have to endure name calling from their peers For example Cecil Jacobs says that Scouts father defends niggers Scout is angered by the comment but takes no action against Cecil but asks Atticus if he does in fact defend black people Atticus assures her that he does and that it is the right thing to do Atticus fight for justice causes more problems for Scout She always defends Atticus but the racist comments do not stop Scout defends her father when her cousin Francais refers to Atticus with the statement Hes nothin but a nigger-lover After Scout beats up Francais Atticus is disappointed at Scouts retaliation At Tom Robinsons trial Scout steps outside of the court room and talks with Dolophus Raymond a white man Dolophus is thought of as a sinful man because he has mixed race children and lives in the neighboring black community Dolophus pretends to be drunk so the townspeople didnt think that he purposely lived a shameful life by his close relationship with black people He tells Scout why he lives the way he does
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