Scout is tempted to stand up for her father's honor by fighting, even though he has told her not to.
Although acknowledging that the novel works, Mallon blasts Lee's "wildly unstable" narrative voice for developing a story about a content neighborhood until it begins to impart morals in the courtroom drama, following with his observation that "the book has begun to cherish its own goodness" by the time the case is over.
When Mayella reacts with confusion to Atticus' question if she has any friends, Scout offers that she must be lonelier than Boo Radley.
Tried in Scottsboro, Alabama, eight of them received death sentences. After two summers of friendship with Dill, Scout and Jem find that someone is leaving them small gifts in a tree outside the Radley place.Radley imprisons his son in his house to the extent that Boo is remembered only as a phantom. A group of blacks and whites got into a fight on a train. Scout's experience with the Missionary Society is an ironic juxtaposition of women who mock her, gossip, and "reflect a smug, colonialist attitude toward other races" while giving the "appearance of gentility, piety, and morality". Lee reportedly based the character of Atticus Finch on her father, Amasa Coleman Lee, a compassionate and dedicated lawyer. Satire and irony are used to such an extent that Tavernier-Courbin suggests one interpretation for the book's title: Lee is doing the mocking—of education, the justice system, and her own society—by using them as subjects of her humorous disapproval. She completed the novel in and published it, with revisions, in , just before the peak of the American civil rights movement. Throughout the story, Dill acts as an observant conscience for the town. Public encouragement. When Scout embarrasses her poorer classmate, Walter Cunningham, at the Finch home one day, Calpurnia, their black cook, chastises and punishes her for doing so. Scout is tempted to stand up for her father's honor by fighting, even though he has told her not to. As the police arrested the nine young blacks, they came across two white prostitutes. This regionalist theme is further reflected in Mayella Ewell's apparent powerlessness to admit her advances toward Tom Robinson, and Scout's definition of "fine folks" being people with good sense who do the best they can with what they have.
Shieldswho wrote the first book-length biography of Harper Lee, offers the reason for the novel's enduring popularity and impact is that "its lessons of human dignity and respect for others remain fundamental and universal".
One writer remarks, " This strong foundation provides an important starting point for the story. While they are stopped, in Mockingbird, because Scout Finch shames them, many real-life incidents went unchecked.
At one point he faces a mob intent on lynching his client but refuses to abandon him. The sheriff decides that, to protect Boo's privacy, he will report that Ewell simply fell on his own knife during the attack. Radley is silent about Boo's confinement to the house. He died there of tuberculosis in Scout as narrator is key to the novel's success.