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To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee in the mid-1950s is a book of great content Throughout the story the novel explores such genres as coming-of-age story social drama courtroom drama and Southern drama The story takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb Alabama in 1933-1935 Scout Finch a rather tomboyish girl lives with her brother Jem and her widowed father Atticus The nation is suffering of the Great Depression but Atticus Finch a prominent lawyer is able to maintain a relatively good quality of life for the Finch family and himself Dill a new friend of Jem and Scout lives in their neighborhood for the summer One day the children become fascinated by the Radley Place a spooky house on their street There a man named Boo Radley has lived for years without ever venturing outside That fall Scout goes to school for the first time and hates it On the way back she and Jem find gifts apparently left for them in a hole in a tree in front of the Radleys house The following summer Dill returns and all three children begin making an act of Boo Radleys story Seeing this Atticus puts a stop to their frolics advising the children to try to see situations from other peoples perspectives before judging them Nevertheless on Dills last night in Maycomb for the summer the three sneak out to the Radleys house where they are shot at by Nathan Radley Boos brother During their escape Jem loses his pants on a fence When he goes back to get them he finds them mended and resting on the fence The next winter Jem and Scout discover more gifts in the Radleys tree supposedly left there by Boo Eventually Nathan Radley fills the hole with cement Shortly after a neighboring house bursts into flames As she is watching the fire someone slips a blanket on Scouts shoulders Jem is convinced that
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