I read a book in a week but it will take me a month to summarize all the settings. Who’s done that already?
The story takes place in Maycomb, a fictional small town of Alabama. A family consisting of a widowed father and two siblings, Scout Finch and Jem is in the main setting of the story. The Maycomb residents face severe economic conditions because of a financial crisis. However, Atticus is a prominent attorney and his family lives better than the rest of society members. Dill relocates to Maycomb over the summer and settles in the same neighborhood as Jem and Scout. The trio acts stories together and eventually they become great friends. Dill gets fascinated by the Radley Place in their street. It is Mr. Nathan Radley’s house. Arthur (alias Boo) is a notable resident of the Radley Place, who has lived on the premises for several years with minimum exposure to the outside world.
After going to school for the first time in fall, Scout detests the experience. She and Jim are perplexed to find gifts at the Radley Property. Apparently, the gifts are left for them by Boo. After Dill’s return the following summer, Jem and Scout act out Boo Radley’s story, but Atticus discourages their antics. Atticus appeals to the children to look at life from a different perspective and avoid being judgmental. At the peak of Dill’s stay in Maycomb in that summer, Nathan Radley shoots at the trio as they try to sneak onto his property. Jem loses his pants in the process but later on returns for them. However, Jem recovers his pants which he finds hung over the fence.
During winter, Jem and Scout are surprised with gifts left for them, apparently by Boo in mysterious circumstances. A fire scenario ensues in the neighborhood. Jem is convinced that Boo did it and reveals the scenarios of the presents and the mended pants to Atticus.
To the dismay of the chauvinistic white society in Maycomb, Atticus decides to litigate for Tom Robinson over rape charges. Apparently, the black man is accused of assaulting a white woman, an allegation that arouses the wrath of the white community against the people of color. Atticus’s resolution prompts other children to abuse Jem and Scout. A close-knit black church embraces the children. Alexandra, Atticus’s sister joins the Finches the next summer. Dill escapes from his “new father” and moves to Maycomb. Tom Robinson’s trial commences. The drama ensues in a court where a man of color is charged; a group of white men lynches a black suspect. In the racially polarized society, a person who is accused of committing a crime is at the risk of being lynched by a mob. During Tom’s trial, Atticus is joined by Jem and Scout. The children sit at their “rightful place in the colored balcony” with other black citizens. Atticus dismisses the accuser’s claims by stating that they are lying. The accusers in the case against Tom are Mayella Ewell and Bob, her father. Atticus presents strong evidence that points to Tom’s innocence, but the white jury convicts him. According to Atticus’s claims, the marks on Mayella’s face that link Tom to the assault claims are inflicted on her by her father, who accuses the defendant to cover his crime. Later on, the innocent Tom is shot dead when he tries to escape from prison. Despite the Verdict, Mr. Bob Ewell is angered by Atticus’s revelations and vows to revenge against him. Mr. Ewell also holds a grudge against the judge and tries to break into his house. Later on, he menaces Tom’s widow and assaults Scout and Jem who are heading home after a Halloween Party. Arthur extends a helping hand to Scout and carries her to Atticus’s House. Later on, Boo disappears to Radley’s house. Scout reflects on the entire scenario and imagines what life is like for him. Scout feels sympathy for Boo and takes her father’s advice to have more understanding and respect to other people, since hatred and prejudices harm her belief in human goodness.