To Kill a Mockingbird
Themes and Setting
The Trial

Jean Louise Finch

"Naw, Jem, I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."

The story is told from Scout's point of view, a daughter of a well-liked lawyer, Atticus finch, and the younger sister of Jem.  She is raised in the small town of Maycomb.
Scout thought that her father wasn't really cool because he was around fifteen years older than the others. He couldn't be tackled in football, and his job didn't sound particularly exciting, but Scout idols him when he shoots a mad dog with one shot.
Scout was the first to find a wad of gum in the Radley house trees.
Atticus told Scout never to shoot a mockingbird, and that it is the worth sin anyone could ever commit because the bird only sings it's song for people, and doesn't do anything bad. She realizes that the man that is sentenced to death, Tom Robinson, resembles the mockingbird and that the town has committed the worst crime of all; the killed a mockingbird.
Quick facts:
  • Scout is four years younger than Jem, and one year younger than Dill.
  • She's a tomboy.
  • In school, Scout's teacher, Miss Caroline, accuses Scout of learning how to read from her father. Scout says that her father doesn't teach her anything.
  • Scout's cousin, Francis, says some rude things about Scout's father (about how he's protecting the black man and that he lets his children "run wild"). Scout looses her temper and beats him up.
  • Jem rolled Scout in a tire, and pushed really hard once because he was angry for telling Dill that Jem wasn't telling the truth with one of his stories. The tire collided with the Radley house, and Scout said she heard someone laughing.
  • Scout, Jem, and Dill found Atticus sitting outside of the jail one night. A gang came up to Atticus and wanted to see Tom (to hurt, or even kill him), but Atticus wouldn't let them. Scout ran out to her father and managed to single out Mr. Cunningham, which split the gang up into individuals and they could not act as a group anymore, so she broke them up.
  • Mr. Ewells feels embarrassed and thinks that Atticus humiliated him. He tries to get back at Atticus by attacking Jem and Scout on their way home from a Halloween play at their school. Scout couldn't do anything because of her costume, and Jem breaks his arm. Boo saves them by stabbing Mr. Ewells, and is never seen again.