“Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.”
The deep south of America in the 1930s was very different to the world we live on today. In those days, the south was split into two opposite groups, white people and black people. Racism was a huge dilemma in the 1930s, with separate schools, churches and even neighbourhoods for each race. It was sickening. You can picture the awfulness, the horridness, the divide.
The protagonist is a young girl called Jean Louise Finch, but is referred to as Scout Finch. She lives in a little town called Maycomb in Southern USA, with her brother Jeremy – or Jem – and her father Atticus. Scout isn’t like other girls her age, she doesn’t play with dolls or jump-rope, and she is a true tom-boy. She reads at a level, which for her age is unthinkable. Her brother Jem is a lot older than her, but doesn’t dare to look down on her. Scout isn’t one to be looked down upon or told what to do. These characters are very likeable, but you have to adore Scout. She is so mature for her age, yet so oblivious. “… What’s rape Cal?” shows how unaware Scout is of the horrors that engulf her.
Written by Joseph Ferry.