In the book To Kill a Mockingbird what is the climax or turning point?

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It is not possible to point out only one turning point, as the novel is complex and lengthy. To put it another way, there are many turning points. For example, the trial of Tom Robinson is a turning point, the verdict is a turning point, and the protecting of Boo Radley at the end of the book is a turning point. In fact, we can say that each character has a different turning point. In light of this, let me give my opinion about what I think is a central turning point for many of the characters. 

Chapter 8 is a major turning point in the novel. The first seven chapters have a playful feel. The children are playing and obsessed with Boo. In Chapter 8, the setting changes. Coldness literally descend on Maycomb. There is also a death and the burning down of Miss Maudie's house.  All of this signals that something new is about to happen--the trial of Tom Robinson. 

This trial is a turning point for Atticus, as his courage will be challenged. This trial will also be a turning point for Jem and Scout as they enter into the adult world of racism and hatred. This chapter will also be a turning point for Boo, as he comes out of his house and puts a blanket around Scout. So, what we see here is the seed of the flowering of the book. 


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