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What is the main plot for To Kill A Mockingbird?

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ttn | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 25, 2008 at 10:17 AM via web

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What is the main plot for To Kill A Mockingbird?

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jilllessa | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted July 26, 2008 at 12:32 AM (Answer #1)

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I am not sure I understand your question, but the main plot in To Kill A Mockingbird concerns Scout's coming of Age as she grows up in the racially segregated south.  The major event which leads to the climax of the story is the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man, for the attempted rape of Mayella Ewell.  Although Tom is clearly innocent of the charges, he is found guilty because people in the south were not ready to take the word of a black person over that of a white person no matter what the circumstances.  Scout's father, Atticus, who is the moral icon of the story, defends Tom to the fullest of his abilities despite knowing the futility of his effort.  He does so because it is the right thing to do.  For some the trial itself is the climax of the story, but I believe the climax of the story is the attack on Jem and Scout because this is the final point of growth for Scout and resolves the subplot concerning Boo Radley. 

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jetstmj | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 13, 2008 at 11:28 AM (Answer #2)

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The main plot involves the question of justice and how a man chooses to stand up for what is right when he has much to lose. A black man, Tom Robinson, is falsely accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. Attiucs Finch chooses to defend Tom Robinson despite the fact that he knows that he has no chance of winning even though he is innocent. Atticus Finch is a man of integrity that works to teach his children about the world through his actions.

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masterangel | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM (Answer #3)

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"the main plot in To Kill A Mockingbird concerns Scout's coming of Age as she grows up in the racially segregated south.  The major event which leads to the climax of the story is the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man, for the attempted rape of Mayella Ewell.  Although Tom is clearly innocent of the charges, he is found guilty because people in the south were not ready to take the word of a black person over that of a white person no matter what the circumstances.  Scout's father, Atticus, who is the moral icon of the story, defends Tom to the fullest of his abilities despite knowing the futility of his effort.  He does so because it is the right thing to do.  For some the trial itself is the climax of the story, but I believe the climax of the story is the attack on Jem and Scout because this is the final point of growth for Scout and resolves the subplot concerning Boo Radley." -jillesa

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