The plot, having the Great Depression in the US as background and dealing actually with really serious issues, like rape and racism, is being revealed with the voice of Scout Finch a six-year-old tomboy girl, who transforms everything into a gentle and often amusing reporting of the events going on around her. It is amazing how the author, Harper Lee, manages to tell the whole story using the angle of view of a child. With some censorship, it could be a bedtime story reading. A very educational one. And a beautiful one.
Many of the characters in the novel, and much of the action is inspired by the author’s childhood and environment. Her brother was indeed four years older, her father was indeed a lawyer, she had indeed a black women taking care of the family, the mysterious house down the street was indeed the “prison” of a son kept hidden by his ashamed father and Dill, Scout’s friend, is the fictional correspondent of Truman Capote, the author’s childhood and lifelong friend.