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The mood is light for parts of the book and dark at others. Even the lighter moments have darker undercurrents though. For example, the times when the children are playing are mostly light. The children are being children, playing games and sharing superstitions. However the games they play introduce some of the darker elements, like Boo Radley's story. This foreshadows that there is something rotten under the surface in Maycomb.
Most of the serious events in the book are dark and there are periods of downright melancholy. Yet the book is also suspenseful, such as during the verdict reading and when Bob Ewell attacks the children. Atticus's shooting the dog falls into this category.
At times, the book is sorrowful. The sadness that follows the verdict and Tom's death, the truth about Dill, the house fire, Boo Radley's real story and the ending, where they decide to shelter Boo for examples.
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