What is the setting and main conflicts of To Kill a Mockingbird ?

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Author Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird takes place between the years 1933 and 1935. It is set in the fictional Alabama town of Maycomb (based on Lee's own hometown of Monroeville, Alabama) during the height of the Great Depression. Every scene takes place within the borders of the town of Maycomb or Maycomb County itself, creating a sheltered life for the Finch family and the inhabitants of the area. The two primary conflicts concern two human mockingbirds: One is Boo Radley, a reclusive neighbor with a troubled past who becomes the object of curiosity by Jem and Scout Finch and their friend, Dill. The other, Tom Robinson, is a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Scout's father, Atticus, decides to defend Tom, creating a backlash among many white people in the decidedly segregated town that eventually leads to threats upon the life of Atticus and his children.


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