The novel is set in Maycomb County, Alabama in the 1930s and it is the time of the Great Depression. It is a time when racism and prejudice are at their peak. The Finch family reside there with their maid , Calpurnia , who poses as a motherly figure in the story.
Tom Robinson, an innocent black man , is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. The case is taken on by Atticus. Despite Atticus doing what's right, he knows the case will not be easy due to the prejudice the town have for Tom because he's black.
I'm innocent ! Believe me!
Due to Atticus taking on the case, his children Jem and Scout, are the highlight of the town. Throughout the trial, they learn valuable lessons from many characters such as Atticus and Calpurnia. The two siblings mature throughout the novel and learn to always do what's right, regardless of what others think.
Tom Robinson is pronounced guilty despite Atticus' hard work. Jem and Scout innocently cannot believe it. Justice was not recieved because racism and prejudice took over.
Bob Ewell, a man who publicly despised Atticus and the father of Mayella, threatened Atticus as well as Tom's wife Helen. The children were constantly worried that Bon would hurt their father.
I hate you !!!!
In the end, Bob Ewell strikes on Jem and Scout, attempting to kill them whilst they were heading home after the Halloween peagent. Boo Radley, risking his own life, jumps in, saving them both and killing Mr Ewell. The town all agree that Bob shouldn't be convicted of crime as it was Ewell's own knife that killed him. This restores Scout and Jem's faith in justice and humanity.