To Kill a Mockingbird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was instantly successful and has become a classic of modern American fiction. The novel is loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.
The book's setting is a small town in Alabama, and the action behind Scout's tale is her father's determination, as a lawyer, liberal, and honest man, to defend a Negro accused of raping a white girl. What happens is, naturally, never seen directly by the narrator.
The story is centered on the defense of a black man accused of raping a white girl by a white man. Scout’s father becomes a defense attorney for a black man, Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of raping white women. This has a big affect on Scout. During this trial she gets teased by friends because her father was helping this black man. Scout starts to see the racism that exist. During the trial Scout and her brother and close friend Dill witness the trial. Even though they are young they can see that Mr. Robinson is innocent. Even though Mr. Robinson’s innocence was clear even in the eyes of kids, Mr. Robinson was still found guilty. Later in an attempt to escape, Mr. Robinson was shot dead.
The book is a master piece of literature which has stood the test of time. It was reviewed on Oprah’s book club. Oprah mentioned it as one of her favorite piece of literature. I recommend people to read the book. I found it to be an interesting and powerful book. I feel the book does a great job in portraying the extreme prejudice that existed in the United States at that time. I feel this book makes a powerful statement on how justice can be altered through racism. The moral story contained in this book can still be found in our present day society.
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