Harper, Lee: To kill a mockingbird

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HANDOUT VON MARTIN PURTH TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee THE STORY: The story is set the 1930 s in Maycomb, a small town in Alabama and is told by Scout Finch who looks back to some important years in her childhood. Scout and her older brother Jem were brought up by their father Atticus, a widower. Their black housekeeper, Calpurnia, helps Atticus with the children. Scout, Jem and their friend Dill, who visits every summer, are fascinated by their strange neighbour Arthur Boo Radley, who has stayed inside his house for about fifteen years and is the subject of rumours and fear. The try a variety of strategies to make Boo Radley come out of his house. Atticus, who is bringing up his children to respect and accept others as well as he does, disapproves of these activities. Jem and Scout find presents in the hollow oak tree near their house. Jem realises that they come from Boo Radley. A fire burns down Miss Maudie s house and as the children watch somebody puts a blanket around Scout to keep her warm. They soon find out the person was Boo again. Atticus is a lawyer and he is going to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell. As a result the children hear their father criticised by a number of their prejudiced neighbours and other citizens, and even by members of their family. Atticus explains his reasons for wanting to take this case and that he is encouraged by his conviction that everyone is equal in the eyes of the ...

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