To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
Scout Finch is living with her bother Jem and her dad Atticus, in a small town in Alabama called Maycomb in the 1930’s. This book is happening around the time of the Great Depression, so along with all of the characters other personal problems, they also have the overall suffering of the world. This book shows how Jem and Scout grow up and start to see the world more like adults. With events in the book like the Tom Robinson trial, and the characters meeting people important like Boo Radley, all of the Cunningham family, and Mrs. Dubose, Jem and Scout learn to view the world with a different perspective.
This book can be a tough read at first because the first 9 chapters are all setting the scene and getting the book set up for her readers to understand what is going on in the time period. I believe that Lee wrote and set the scene of his book to the 19030’s because she was able to draw her readers in by the pathos appeal with making emotional conflicts like racism, oppression, and no equality. However, the story is able to go on and handle the conflicts without having a depressing feel throughout it. Overall the story is easy to read once you get through the first few chapters and the action is entertaining and keeps you wanting more.
Maycomb County is a made up country in Alabama. The time this book is set in is the early 1930's, the years of the Great Depression when poverty and unemployment were extremely high in the United States.
"Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they're not attracting attention with it." Chapter 9
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." Chapter 3
"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself." Chapter 11