To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel, written by Harper Lee and it deals with the subjects of race, class and gender roles. The novel is set in the small, rural town of Maycomb, Alabama, in 1930 which was the time of severe discrimination. The narrator in the novel is called Scout Finch, and the story is told from the perspective of her.
Since she is a child, she is, naturally, prone to ask questions about why whites treat blacks the way they do. Scout wants to understand what racism means and how it affects the people in her life. The attitude of racist people towards black people in her town reflects rest of the nation. Most of the people are racist and discriminatory. They have cruel feelings and judgments about black people in the town.
The main theme of the novel is prejudice and forms of prejudice including racism, classism, and sexism are portrayed by Maycomb’s citizens.