A counsel's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel- a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the youthful eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with buoyant humour the immoderation of adult stations to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The heart of a city steeped in prejudice, violence and insincerity is gouged by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much. To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming- of- age story, ananti-racist novel, a literal drama of the Great Depression and a sublime illustration of the Southern jotting tradition.