Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was written by Harper Lee and published in 1960. The story depicts a family consisting of a father, Atticus Finch and his two children, Jeremy Finch (Jem) and Jean Louise Finch (Scout) in a racist southern town called Maycomb during the Great Depression. The major plot in the novel is one where Atticus, a lawyer, chose to defend Tom Robinson, an innocent black man accused of raping a poor white woman. Atticus’ choice to defend a black man was not well received by many in the town. Many criticized Atticus for taking such a controversial case, especially with young children. Important themes in the novel include ones about morality, equality, sin and parenthood. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus was an admirable father, proving to be instrumental to the growth of Jem and Scout. Atticus undoubtedly cared about his children; he treated them like real people and was affectionate towards them, especially Scout. “I could not remember when the lines above Atticus’s moving finger separated into words, but I had stared at them all the evenings in my memory… when I crawled into his lap every night. Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” (23). Atticus spent time with Scout every night, providing affection. This attention was essential in Scout’s life, especially due to the lack of a mother figure in her life. By reading to her every night, Atticus indirectly taught Scout to be literate and be

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