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mel0755 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:54 PM via web

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What is a short summary of To Kill a Mockingbird for an introduction to an essay on "Growing up"?

I need help with my essay and i'm writing about the theme of "Growing Up" and I need a summary of the book in my first paragragh. Please provide a small short paragragph that also includes an intro to the theme of "Growing Up".

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Douglas Horley | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted January 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM (Answer #1)

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To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most celebrated novels in American literature as it deals so masterfully with issues of racism and predjudice. Set in the town of Maycombe in the deep south of the United States in the 1930s, the novel centres around three family members - Atticus, Scout and Jem Finch. As an upstanding lawyer of deep principles, Atticus Finch resolves to defend a black man unfairly charged with the rape of a white woman. It is a move angrily condemmed by the town's populace and propels Jem and Scout into considering the deep currents of racism which run through their town. During the novel Jem and Scout are also forced to confront their own prejudices and standards of behaviour in their dealings with their neighbours, in particular with an unfortunate recluse named Boo Radley. 'Growing up' is a theme which is quite evident in To Kill a Mockingbird, not only through the experiences of Jem and Scout in the idyllic yet troubled town that they live, but also for the townsfolk of Maycombe who are forced to open their eyes to old attitudes of deep prejudice and injustice. 

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