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The narrator of To Kill A Mockingbird is Scout Finch. She is the daughter of Atticus, and the brother of Jem, and the novel begins when she is almost six years old. Her real name, used only by a couple of characters in the novel, is Jean Louise. The story is told when Scout is much older, and so it takes on the character of a reminiscence: a woman remembering the maturation process of her childhood as much as the very traumatic events that surrounded the trial of Tom Robinson. What is especially powerful about the novel is that its themes of racial injustice appear particularly insidious when viewed through the eyes of a young girl, who has not yet absorbed the prejudices of her community. In addition to the trial, Scout's relationships with her father and brother, her friends, and with the mysterious Boo Radley, are at the center of the novel.

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