Wednesday, March 17, 2010

To kill a mocking bird

The book deals with racial inequality between the Negros and the whites in a fictional town called Maycomb in America. The narrator is a six year old girl Scout Finch. She has a brother –Jem , 4 years elder to her . She lives with her widowed father Atticus Finch - a reputed lawyer in Maycomb. She and Jem befriends a boy- Dil who visits his aunt at Maycomb in summers. Scout has an unusual neighbor – Boo Radley who stays at home all the time. The children are fascinated by Boo and feed each another’s imaginations by rumors of his appearance and reasons for remaining hidden. After an year or two, Jem and Scout find a gift in a tree near Scout’s house. This is followed a series of gifts at the tree and Jem and Scout are excited and don’t dare to tell anybody thinking they are stealing the gifts which are kept for someone else.

Atticus is assigned to defend a black man called Tom Robinson charged for raping a white woman Mayella- daughter of town drunk -Bob Ewell. Atticus knows that Tom is innocent and takes up the job of defending him though the whole town castigates him and calls him a nigger lover. Scout wants to back her father but at school, she is also berated. On the judgment day, a lot of drama happens and Atticus loses the trail and Tom is convicted.

When Tom is imprisoned, he is shot dead and the authorities reason it as he was shot while trying to escape from prison.

Humiliated by the trail, Bob Ewell vows revenge on Atticus and attacks Scout and Jem when they are returning from the school Halloween pageant. Jem is injured and amidst all the darkness and confusions, a mystery man rescues the children and takes them home. In the meanwhile, Bob Ewell is dead in the struggle.

The stranger carries the children home and Scout realizes the stranger is no other than Boo Radley. Boo asks Scout to walk him home, and after she says goodbye to him at his front door, he disappears again. While standing on the Radley porch, Scout imagines life from Boo's perspective and regrets that they never repaid him for the gifts he had given them.

1 comment:

  1. good man, how could you possibly read that and do some critic work also- I carried that book fir nearly a month - it failed to get completed. I too failed in as much as the book in getting its core subject. Great going. Congratulations.

    Keep reading, Keep Posting.