Set in fictional Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930s at a time of
unrest – the town is divided by race and class – the narrative is
told through the eyes of Scout, a young girl whose father, Atticus,
has been employed to defend a black man convicted of the rape of a
young white woman. It’s a case that shocks and divides the town –
many are appalled that Atticus would concede to defend him. But he
represents bravery and measured consideration – Atticus stands as
the moral compass at the centre of the prose – and he feels no
compromise in his decision. It’s a trial fraught with emotion,
propelled along by rage: it becomes clear that the man is innocent,
but despite the evidence that’s put forward, a jury convicts him.
He loses his life during an attempt to escape.