To Kill a Mockingbird

On To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
      To Kill a Mockingbird is set around the early 1930s, the era of The Great Depression. During this time, many people were out of work and became increasingly poor, due to the stock market crash. People eventually had no choice but to start relying on the help of the government or charities for survival. People often lived with little more than necessities. Although, like the Cunningham’s, many even went without food or had to pay for goods with manual labor or bartering. The Great Depression shows the hardships of living in a recession. To Kill a Mockingbird takes readers back to a time where blacks had no freedom and very few rights. Lee based this book off of her own life experiences: her father, like Scout's, was a lawyer and part of the state legislature and she had similar living conditions.
      To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of an African-American man being tried and convicted of rape simply because of his color. Atticus, a trustworthy man, represents Tom on trial. He tries to fight for Tom’s justice, but, as the whole town is racist, Tom is wrongfully imprisoned. He later attempts to escape, but gets shot and dies. Scout, Jem, and Dill are three adventurous little boys who wrongly accuse the Radley family (especially Boo Radley) of being weird. Because they have never seen Boo come out of the house, the children attempt to break in, but get shot at. Realizing what the children have done, Atticus pursues the children to try and see things from another person's perspective before judging them. Also, Because Atticus is trying to help Tom, his children begin to understand the pain of being outcast from society.
      The theme and most important message of this book leans on having morals. One of the most interesting aspects of the book had to deal with the way Tom Robinson was treated. Racism is not as much of a problem today, so I was shocked to learn how mean and harsh people once were. Despite the fact...