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Harper Lee's novel is considered to be an American Classic. Set during the 1930s, in the time of the Great Depression, in the US it was a time of extra poverty along with a daily struggle for many. The book tells the story of this early life of Jean Louise Finch (Scout) and her Brother Jeremy Finch (Jem) since they develop in Maycomb County, Alabama. Told in first person narrative from the perspective of Scout it is a superb means to communicate the feelings that she struggles with and beautifully conveying the events . Set over a 3 year period the book addresses many of the issues children have growing up, including their inquisitive drive for advice and lust for knowledge. In addition Lee intertwines the story of Scout and Jem with many of those wider issues of this time such as violence, bias and social inequality. This review will first of each target the story and provide a summary of the important events and turning points before moving on to examine the themes and deeper significance behind the book and the messages, if any, that Lee was trying to communicate to the reader. The novel is beautifully constructed into two parts. The first of these deals with introducing the characters into the reader and setting them in context. The two kids live with their lawyer father Atticus who receives aid bringing them up and with household chores from their maid Calpurnia, a coloured woman. The sleepy road that Scout and Jem inhabit with their father Atticus has a range of residents who are described to us separately. The most important of these is the Radley family that live a couple of doors down from the Finch's. The Radley's are a household shrouded in mystery as they appear to live an eccentric life. They make no attempt to engage in th...