By Harper Lee
Maycomb County is invariably filled with gossip, adventures, new lessons, but most importantly Jean Louise Finch, a spunky, innocent nine year old that most people know as “Scout.” In To Kill a Mockingbird, not only does she and her brother Jem spend countless school and summer day together, but Scout provides a charming, entertaining outlook on the south during a time of racial discord. Throughout the Pulitzer prize winning novel, readers find themselves in funny, sad, and stressful situations, including a court session in which her father and lawyer, Atticus, finds himself if a sticky mess of race and cultural differences. To Kill a Mockingbird is an interesting read that captures every essence of a small town through the perspective of young girl with a huge personality.
Jean "Scout" Louise Finch
(main character of the book)
(Maycomb County, Alabama) (early 1930's)
Audio from Part One
Audio from Part Two
"Atticus said to Jem, "I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit hit'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee 98)
Setting: Maycomb County, Alabama
To Kill a Mockingbird is an easy, yet a little lengthy of a read, but I enjoyed the book. The book is separated into two parts. Part one was my favorite part because it consisted of Scout’s stories and childhood thoughts. Although, I enjoyed part two as well, this focused more on the court case and racist topics. Both parts of the book are very different, but come together at the end to create a thrilling, surprising ending. I would recommend this book to any high school student that has patience because certain parts of the story were slow and were mainly descriptions; however, I felt like the slow parts were worth it after reading this because of the interesting ending. Lee captured a comical and heartbreaking time in history all in one superb story.
What does a mockingbird look like?
Maycomb County only exists in the book. Below is a illustration of the town from the book. However, Maycomb County is thought that is similar to Monroeville, Alabama (the town Harper Lee grew up in).
Map of where Harper Lee (author) was born.
Readers think that this is where she got the ideas for the setting of the book.