The Prejudice Times in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a story that takes place during prejudice times. A little girl named Scout Finch and her brother Jem Finch live with their father, Atticus, in the town of Maycomb. They lost their mother when they were younger, so they have a black house maid named Calpurnia who watches out for them constantly. One summer, Scout and Jem meet a neighborhood kid named Dill. The three become fascinated with the stories of a man who lives in the neighborhood named Boo Radley. Although they are told not to go near the house, they do otherwise .After having a summer of fun; it is time for school to start back. Dill returns home, and Scout and Jem begin school. Atticus is a lawyer in the town of Maycomb, and he is asked to defend a black man named Tom Robinson. The town drunken Bob Ewell claims that he saw Tom Robinson rape his daughter named Mayella .Although it is clear that Bob is the one who beat Mayella, Tom Robinson is found guilty. When trying to run from the cops, he is shot to be wounded, but the shot kills him. Bob Ewell is still angry because Atticus defended a black man, and tries to kill Jem and Scout on their way home from a school play. The children are saved by Boo Radley. The town police officer and Atticus agree that Bob Ewell accidently fell on his own knife to prevent attention being brought upon Boo. In the end of the novel, Scout tells her father that telling people that Boo killed Bob Ewell would be just like shooting a mockingbird. The

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