Only once in his professional life, Atticus Finch agreed to deal with an almost hopeless case, which, as he knew, would bring many troubles not only to him but also to his children.
He did not seek this test but did not avoid it too.
She takes part in all the boyish games, climbs the fences and trees in her overalls, doesn't want to wear a skirt or a dress instead of them. But now her brother has a blond buddy Dill who sees a girl in Jean Louise. And, appearing next summer, says that they should have a baby. They understand difficult situations, they feel people.
Many critics consider this book childish because, in the story told by Jean Louise, three persons are the most active figures: she herself, her brother Jeremy (Jem) and their friend Dill.
No less familiar is the main dramatic situation of the book which should become the central point of a “To Kill a Mockingbird essay - social inequality”: the trial of a black man falsely accused of violence; blows of fate endured by an honest and courageous lawyer who undertook to defend the accused but, however, is helpless before the onslaught of age-old racist prejudices.
All this already "worn out" life and literary material helped Harper Lee to write an interesting book in which the freshness and independence of thought may be found.
Only once in the life, Atticus had to take a gun in his hands.
A rabid dog ran along the street, and then it turned out that, despite his poor eyesight, Finch was the best shooter of the city in his youth.
Telling something to his children or answering their at times very risky questions, he usually resorted to a somewhat parodic, dry legal style.
And when in court, completely breaking the version built by the prosecutors of Tom Robinson, he utters his speech, there are no loud words in it, no plea for pity, no escalation of emotions.