In To Kill a Mockingbird, author Harper Lee uses memorable characters to explore civil rights and racism in the segregated Southern United States of the 1930s. In this adaptation, all of the favorite characters abound: Scout, Jem, Atticus, Calpurnia, Boo Radley, etc. In this version, Scout is a young girl and Miss Maudie narrates. Atticus Finch, an attorney, hopelessly strives to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape. He goes on to prepare young Scout for the trouble to come. “We're fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they're still our friends,” Scout.