THE COURTROOM DRAMA of Harper and John.
To Kill A Mockingbird is known as a famous literary classic of high prestige but what many people do not realize is it is most of all a courtroom thriller in the vein of the John Grishim novels most of all The Last Juror. In both books the main story is a case of rape. Admittedly from very different perspectives, in To Kill A Mockingbird it is the little girl Scout while The Last Juror stars a newspaperman,Willie Traynor, who is quite alike to the character of Mr. Underwood in To Kill A Mockingbird. In The Last Juror the biggest difference is the character who is the rapist is quite clearly guilty insofar as the book even describes the dreadful act, although the one alikeness is that both deal with suspicious families in To Kill A Mockingbird the Ewells, in The Last Juror the Padgitts. Interestingly they are on opposite sides, in To Kill A Mockingbird the Ewells are the accusers, in The Last Juror the Padgitts are the accused. The trial in To Kill A Mockingbird is very different from The Last Juror in that it is unclear wether or not Mr. Robinson is guilty. The interrogation by Mr. Gilmor does not prove very much while the one by Atticus somehow does. He manages to prove in his own way that most likely, as signified by Manella’s crying in court probably because she is lying, Tom is innocent in both the eyes of the reader (which is really Scout’s perspective which is slanted this way because she cares so much about her dad) and the jury in how he shows how Bob Ewell is left handed which shows that he most likely did the beating. In closing I would like to say that to say that To Kill A Mockingbird and The Last Juror are the same, they are both crime fiction and we should treat them as that. Courtroom dramas with fancy prose.
Note: I have not finished either of the books so forgive any incorrectness