When I was in highschool our freshman english class used this book as required reading. At first I was reluctant to get into this book. Espcially after I found out it was written by a woman(I was a guy in 9th grade o.k.). However after the first day of class I was truly impressed. This book brought about some of the best class discussions I have ever experienced. We talked about some serious things like racism, moral values, and standing up for what is right.
Anyway the book. This book takes place right in the midst of the Great Depression. This meaning that all familys were struggling in some way or another. Next the characters. It focuses on a single parent family the Finch's. Their father being Atticus, youngest girl Jean Louise(nickname Scout), and the oldest child nicknamed Jem. I was never quite sure why the nicknames weren't switched. After all both kinda sound like a nickname for the opposited sex. They live with their african american maid Calpurnia, and later there Aunt. Their best friend only in the summer is Dill, a fatherless boy who stays with family during the summer. Most summers focus on them in some way trying to catch a glimpse of "Boo" Radley. The Radley's live kitty corner to the Finch's and are quite troublesome. It is thought that Boo radley has long since gone insane after being detained in the house for many years. Nathan radley, boo's older brother, came to live with them after Mr. Radley died. Mrs. Radleys also lives at the house. The town slackers as I like to call them are the Ewells. They have to many children to count and are know for being lasy. The other African focused on in this book is Tom Robinson. He is defended by Atticus later in the book on the charges of rape brought to trial by the Ewells.
I won't give away any more of the book. However I will talk about the strong moral character of many of the primary characters. Particularly Atticus. The entire book Atticus never makes one move without thinking it thru. He is humble, kind, understanding, but yet still a figure of authority. The perfect father! He teaches his child everything important in life. Making a great role model for young students everywhere. Also the children a amazingly good. When they screw up they take punishment with a good attitude. They always do the right thing, or make up for what they have done. Here's an example. There is an old woman know as the town hag. After much provocation Jem destroys the woman's flowers because of a mean comment about Atticus. He is later caught. Atticus makes Jem go read out loud to the woman everyday for a month. It turns out by Jem reading to her he manages to get her off her morphine addiction. Of course he does not know this, but one would think he still helped her out. Even after all awfull things the woman said about Atticus he still found it in his heart to help her out. This show remarkable charachter. Gotta love Jem.
Overall a wonderfull book. Unbelievable characters and a great lesson to be learned from reading. I recommend to all people. At least read it once. I've read it considerably more. Have fun and learn something.
p.s. Bob come read this one. Please don't kill it though.
p.s.s For all other people.
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