To Kill a Mockingbird Summary
Scout and her brother Jem Finch live in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. Their mother died when Scout was little, and their father, Atticus, attempts to raise them on his own. He employs a black servant, Calpurnia, who cooks and cleans for the household.
- Scout's father Atticus prepares to defend Tom Robinson, an innocent black man who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman. Meanwhile, Scout starts school.
- During the school year, the reclusive Boo Radley leaves the kids gifts in a knothole and Miss Maudie's house burns down. Later, Aunt Alexandra moves in and tries to turn the tomboyish Scout into a lady.
- Scout prevents a mob from attacking Tom and Atticus. Atticus proves Tom's innocence, but the all-white jury finds Tom guilty, and he's shot dead while trying to escape from prison.
- Bob Ewell attacks Scout and Jem while they're walking home on Halloween. Boo Radley saves them, killing Ewell in the process.
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