Scout's aunt, Alexandra, unexpectedly arrives to reside with the Finch family, announcing it is time someone reined in the children.
She makes it her mission to counteract Atticus's liberal influence on the children and to instill ladylike virtues in the tomboyish Scout.
To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch To Kill A Mockingbird: Atticus Finch The bountiful love between a parent and a child is mysteriously unique and special.
It is as if there were a world-wide pact, that all of man acquiesced to always love their children and show them compassion all their lives.
For example, although Scout abhors school enough to pretend being ill, Atticus continually urges her on through the tedious school years.
Atticus loves Scout enough to see that obtaining an education is extremely important.
Lee's first and only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird was published during the Civil Rights movement, and was hailed as an exposé of Southern racist society.
When Tom Robinson, an African-American man, is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, Atticus is appointed as the defense attorney.
Scout and her brother Jem are raised by their father and by Calpurnia, an African-American housekeeper who works for the family.
Scout and Jem meet and befriend seven-year-old Dill Harris, a boy who has arrived in Maycomb to stay with his aunt for the summer.
Despite this, Atticus's defense of Tom is unpopular in the white community, and Scout and Jem find themselves taunted at school due to their father's defense of a black man.
Atticus consistently strives to instill moral values in his children, and hopes to counteract the influence of racial prejudice.