Shieldswho wrote the first book-length biography of Harper Lee, offers the reason for the novel's enduring popularity and impact is that "its lessons of human dignity and respect for others remain fundamental and universal".
The novel inspired numerous adaptationsthe most notable of which was the classic film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus. Is it distracting?
The adults of Maycomb are hesitant to talk about Boo, and few of them have seen him for many years. The South itself, with its traditions and taboos, seems to drive the plot more than the characters.
Boo connects with Jem and Scout to the point where a relationship and understanding is formed, and by the end of the novel Scout begins to realize that Boo feels protective over the children, perhaps thinking of them as his own children.
As one scholar writes, "To Kill a Mockingbird can be read as a feminist Bildungsroman, for Scout emerges from her childhood experiences with a clear sense of her place in her community and an awareness of her potential power as the woman she will one day be. Sheriff Tate arrives and discovers Ewell dead from a knife wound.
Sharing Scout and Jem's perspective, the reader is allowed to engage in relationships with the conservative antebellum Mrs.
Atticus is hopeful that he can get the verdict overturned, but Tom is shot and killed while trying to escape from prison.