The story takes place in Maycomb County, a town in Alabama. It is written through the eyes of a young girl named Jean Louise finch. Her nickname was Scout and her brother’s nickname was Jem. Her brother’s real name was Jeremy Atticus Finch. Their father, Atticus Finch, was a lawyer in Maycomb County. An African-American helper by the name of Calpurnia cooked their meals and helped out around the house. A boy by the name of Dill Harris came out to visit with them, every Summer.
All the ruckus came about when a black man was accused of raping a young white woman by the name of Mayella Ewell and Atticus Finch was appointed to represent the black man in court. The whole town took sides and Mr. Finch did his best to defend Tom Robinson (the black man). There was even a crowd of men, one evening, who wanted to lynch Tom Robinson. However, Atticus was at the jail. He was sitting there, with his rifle, guarding Tom.
Finally, when the court hearing of the rape case came about, almost the whole town was in the court room. The young lady said that Tom had been chopping some (cabinet) wood, when he turned on her and started to rape her. Tom said that he never touched her, and that she started yelling “…rape!” and that’s when he ran away.
Tom was found guilty of raping Mayella Ewell and he was sent to a state penitentiary. Atticus applied for an appeal because he was sure that a higher court would find Tom Robinson innocent. However, Tom was distraught and couldn’t wait for a second trial. He attempted a jail break. He was shot and killed in the process.
I thought the book overall, was very well written.