To Kill a Mockingbird Author: Harper Lee genre: Southern Gothic novel and a Bildungsroman # of pages: 296 Tasha Kim Published first in July 11, 2960 Characters • Jean Louise “Scout” Finch - The narrator and protagonist of the story. She is intelligent and, by the standards of her time and place, a tomboy. • Atticus Finch - Scout and Jem’s father, a lawyer in Maycomb descended from an old local family. He is one of the few residents of Maycomb committed to racial equality. • Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch - Scout’s brother and constant playmate at the beginning of the story. Jem is something of a typical American boy, refusing to back down from dares and fantasizing about playing football • Arthur “Boo” Radley - A recluse who never sets foot outside his house, Boo dominates the imaginations of Jem, Scout, and Dill. He is one of the novel’s “mockingbirds,” a good person injured by the evil of mankind. summary • In the beginning the main character, Scout, starts out to be a very immature child not knowing the prejudice times around her, as the story goes on she gains knowledge of these times by fellow kids around her accusing her dad of being a "***** lover" which then, it was an insult. Her dad , Atticus (a criminal defense attorney only doing his job and not discriminating against this man), was being courageous of a black man being faulsey accused of raping a white girl. The line in the book "Shoot, all the bluejays you want, but remember its a sin to kill mockingbird" is referring to the black man in the story, Tom. He symbolizes a mockingbird because all mockingbirds do is sing for our enjoyment and stay out of harms way, so if you kill them its a sin. He is the mockingbird in the story and all he does is stay out of harms way and is accused of a crime and in the end is eventually guilty and dies. Rating I give this book 3 out of 4. This is very good book it was a little hard for me to understand. People who likes story about innocence, knowledge, prejudice, and courage would like this book.