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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a book about the prejudice discrimination and bigotry that existed throughout much of America during the l930 s It is a powerful story narrated by a young girl named Scout whose innocent na ve eyes reveal the hypocrisy and prejudice in her small Southern town To Kill A Mockingbird explores many different themes that are skillfully woven into the plot A black man named Tom Robinson is put on trial for allegedly raping a young white woman from the least respected family in town Scout s father Atticus is appointed to defend the man accused of the crime Maycomb a town built on prejudice is also steeped in the mystery of Boo Radley a shy bashful man who is feared and mistreated Eventually Boo Radley is appreciated and admired because he carries Scout s brother Jem to safety away from Bob Ewell who was intent on hurting them as an act of revenge against their father Atticus who had proved him a liar during Robinson s trial Scout finally accepts Boo as a nice friend and Atticus tells her that most people are nice when you get to know them I d rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard but I know you ll go after birds Shoot all the bluejays you want if you can hit em but remember it s a sin to kill a mockingbird said Atticus The reason the book is named To Kill a Mockingbird is that the mockingbird is a symbol for Tom Robinson and Boo Radley along with many other characters in a more vague wayThe mockingbird characters throughout this novel do not harm anyone and are basically peaceful in nature but are discriminated against because of the values the small town of Maycomb harbored since it was founded Harper Lee adds characters issues and situations which must be filtered through Scout s mind and expressed
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