To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

by

Karim Chandra

Chapter Summaries
Timeline
Chapter 1
Main characters and setting are introduced, and the main narrative begins.
Chapter 6
Scout spends more time with Maudie, and Dill and Jem visit the Radley house.
Chapter 9
Atticus had taken the case of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman.
Chapter 17
The trial begins.
Chapter 27
Life goes back to normal, but further misdeeds by Bob are still on the way.
Chapter Summaries Table
Chapter Summary
Chapter 1

The novel begins with Scout remembering the events that led to his brother, Jem, breaking his arm when he was around 13 years old. She gives the re...

Chapter 2

As September sets in, Dill leaves Maycomb for Meridian, Mississippi, just before Jem and Scout started school. Scout is excited to begin first grad...

Chapter 3

Scout vents her frustrations on Walter at the playground for the earlier ordeal, but Jem stops her after realizing that Walter is the son of a man ...

Chapter 4

The author moves the story swiftly through much of the year, which she says was just like Scout's first day at school. By now, Scout isn't scared o...

Chapter 5

Scout finds herself more omitted from the plans and activities of Jem and Dill as the boys' friendship grows. She begins to spend more time with he...

Chapter 6

The night before Dill returns home at the end of summer, he and Jem plan to peek through the windows of the Radley house. Scout tries to stop them ...

Chapter 7

As school restarts, Scout is worried about Jem's quietness since that incident at the Radley's. He reveals that when he returned for his pants, he ...

Chapter 8

The weather changes and the kids have their first view of snow. Since school is canceled, they spend the day making snowman. In the afternoon the s...

Chapter 9

Christmas is approaching, and the kids realize Atticus had taken the case of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. A classmate...

Chapter 10

The Robinson case has made Atticus the talk of the town, and Jem and Scout cannot understand why people are criticizing him even though he has been...

Chapter 11

One nasty woman, Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose, always harasses Jem and Scout whenever they pass in front of her house. Jem is fed up with it that wh...

Chapter 12

Summer returns and Jem will be turning 12 soon. His adolescent traits are starting to show; depicted by him telling Scout to stop bothering him and...

Chapter 13

Aunt Alexandra takes the role of instilling good behavior on Jem and Scout to live up to the Finch family name. To please Alexandra, Atticus tells ...

Chapter 14

Scout tells Aunt Alexandra that Calpurnia took them to her church. Atticus isn't perturbed but Alexandra is, and when she hears that Calpurnia invi...

Chapter 15

The next week, things seem better for Scout. Dill is staying for the summer, Jem agrees to assist them in repairing the tree house, she is in good ...

Chapter 16

After the incident with the mob the previous night, the Finch home is very tense. Alexandra is upset the kids snuck out, while Atticus is glad they...

Chapter 17

As the trial begins, Sheriff Tate gives his testimony, stating that Bob Ewell entered his office claiming his daughter Mayella had been raped and b...

Chapter 18

Atticus’s cross-examination of Mayella clearly indicates that Tom Robinson couldn’t have committed the crime he is accused of. Mayella is defia...

Chapter 19

Tom's testimony reveals him as a gentle and caring man who occasionally helped his neighbors; the Ewells. He states that Mayella had been inviting ...

Chapter 20

In the square, the two talk with Dolphus Raymond who has a black girlfriend and children of mixed-race, something looked down upon by many in Mayco...

Chapter 21

Calpurnia passes a note informing Atticus that his children are missing from the house, but the newspaper publisher Braxton Underwood tells him tha...

Chapter 22

Atticus, Jem, Scout, and Dill walk home feeling defeated. Jem is more crushed by the verdict and asks his father how the verdict was reached, to wh...

Chapter 23

Jem, Scout, Dill, and Alexandra are all worried about Atticus after the ordeal with Mr. Ewell, but he reassures them that all is well. They all loo...

Chapter 24

With summer nearing its end and Dill about to leave, he and Jem go to Baker's Eddy where Jem teaches him to swim. Alexandra invited old missionary ...

Chapter 25

Jem, Scout, Dill, and Alexandra are all worried about Atticus after the ordeal with Mr. Ewell, but he reassures them that all is well. They all loo...

Chapter 26

When school restarts, the children start passing by the Radley house, and Scout finds herself regretting having been obsessed with Boo Radley matte...

Chapter 27

By October, life starts going back to its normal self, but the Finches cannot seem to get Tom out of their minds especially when everyone around th...

Chapter 28

When Scout discovers that her dad and aunt can't make it to the pageant, she performs their part in the kitchen wearing a bulky costume. Jem and Sc...

Chapter 29

The sheriff urges Scout to narrate what happened, and through her explanation, Tate and Atticus put the pieces of the attack together. When Scout g...

Chapter 30

The doctor tells everyone to leave the room for him and Jem, and though anxious, Scout guides Boo to the porch where the discussion continues. Atti...

Chapter 31

With the issue settled, Boo explains that he wanted to see Jem before he left for his house and Scout escorts him to the room where Jem was. Scout ...

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