What is the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, mainly about??What is it about??

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The Harper Lee novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, centers around Atticus Finch and his children, Jem and Scout, in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930s. Atticus' young daughter, Scout, narrates the story and is the central character. The first half of the book introduces the main characters and the central theme that concerns the Finch's mysterious, unseen neighbor, Boo Radley. Most of the first 11 chapters deal with the children's attempts to get a glimpse of Boo.

The second half of the book centers around the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell.  Atticus has been assigned to defend Tom, who denies the charge; meanwhile, Mayella is a member of the Ewell family--"the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations." Atticus has little hope that Tom will be acquitted, since it is unlikely that a white jury will take the word of a black man over a white person. Atticus puts up a spirited defense, while Jem and Scout learn more than their share of life's lessons along the way.

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