Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird has proven
to be an enduring classic. Set within the rural South of
the 1930s and presented through the eyes of a young girl,
Scout Finch, the novel explores such themes as justice and
courage with honesty, innocence, and humor. This setting
is the perfect backdrop for Scout and her brother's determined
quest to meet a mysterious—and seemingly sinister—neighbor,
and for their father's courageous attempt to defend an African
American falsely accused of raping a white woman. Reality
harshly confronts Scout and her brother as they follow the
trial and verdict of their father's client. At the same
time, courage sounds the final note in the unexpected actions
of the mysterious neighbor.
novel is printed without related readings at the request
of the author.