Analysis Of ' Kill A Mockingbird ' By Harper Lee

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Published in 1960 but set in the deep South of the 1930’s, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was an instant classic that has endured for more than half a century. Still taught in schools and often referenced in popular culture, Lee’s story of the Finch family in tiny Maycomb, Alabama is known as a “Great American Novel” because of Lee’s entertaining examination of so many timeless, socially relevant themes. Through her characters of Atticus Finch, his daughter Scout, and their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley, Lee considers the theme of courage in its many forms as her story unfolds. One type of courage Lee displays in the book is physical courage. In the end of the book, Boo Radley risks his life to save Scout and Jem. On page 266, Lee writes, ¨Bob Ewell 's lyin´ on the ground under that tree down yonder with a kitchen knife stuck under his ribs. He´s dead, Mr. Finch.¨ Shortly after that, it is revealed to the reader that Boo Radley was the one that killed Bob Ewell. He was protecting Scout and Jem from Bob, as Bob ambushed the kids when they were walking home on Halloween night as an act of revenge as Atticus had hurt Bob´s reputation. He had spit on Atticus 's face and threatened him previously in the novel, but then decided to get his revenge on Atticus by attacking his children. Attacking defenseless children is a very cowardly act, and has no justification. Thankfully, Boo Radley helped Scout and Jem by fighting Bob Ewell, and killing him in the process. Boo Radley
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