Jean Louise “Scout” Finch lives with her older brother Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus, in the small, quiet town of Maycomb, Alabama. Maycomb is going through the Great Depression, like many other towns, but Atticus is a well known and successful lawyer and the Finch family is financially stable in comparison to the rest of the town, and most of the rest of society. One year, Scout and Jem become so intrigued with a creepy house called the Radley Place.
It is said that someone named Arthur “Boo” Radley has never left the house in years”
The most important theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is the nature of human beings, or whether people are good or evil. The novel displays Scout and Jem’s dramatic transition from childhood innocence, in which they assume that people are good and perfect because they have never known someone to be evil, to an adult view on all in which they have confronted evil and must use it in their understanding of the world.
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
In this quote, Atticus explains to Scout why it is a sin to kill a Mockingbird, or in other words, why it is sinful to harm those who are innocent and do not deserve it.
The mockingbirds are destroyed by other evil when they are not actually evil themselves.
One reason that I think everyone should read this book is that it is still relevant to today’s problems, dealing with racism, cruelty, prejudices, and discrimination that still exists in the same magnitude. To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on the human instinct of right and wrong, and I think that everyone deserves to read it one day.