Book Rating: ★★★★
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
So I am sure that everyone has read it and knows what it is about. It is Harper Lee’s only novel, but probably one of the most important American Literature stories ever written. Up until I began reading this, all this time I thought Harper Lee was a man!
This book takes place in fictional Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression era and is narrated by eight-year-old Scout Finch, who lives with her brother Jem and widowed lawyer father, Atticus. Part 1 is about Scout and Jem’s childhood, when they meet their friend Dill and their curiosity of their neighbour Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley. Part 2 is about the trial of a black man wrongly accused of r.aping a white girl.
I have enjoyed reading To Kill A Mockingbird, even though there were plenty of boring parts I had to skim, but I thought it was a really great book. There are so many issues dealt with, such as injustice, innocence, racial inequality, prejudice and r.ape.
"It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived."
I really admired Atticus. He was an amazing role model for Scout and Jem, and I liked how much they looked up to him. He spoke to his children like adults and he brought them up well, especially teaching them the meaning of courage, standing up for yourself, treating everyone with respect, looking past race or background and having integrity. I do find it strange that he allowed them to call him by his first name, rather than ‘dad.’
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
I enjoyed reading Part 2 than Part 1, mainly because of the trial. In that trial, it was just so interesting to read. Atticus was very thorough with the questions he asked. I just really admired how he fought for Tom Robinson’s innocence. He did the best he could and his long speech by the end of the court case was extremely heartfelt. Obviously, we can tell who is lying and who is telling the truth. Bob Ewell and his daughter didn’t make any sense and the evidence didn’t add up.
I never read this for school, because I was reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck instead, which was boring. I would have preferred to have read this because the topics that Harper Lee addresses in this book interest me, whereas in of Mice and Men, nothing really interested me and that was why I couldn’t write a good essay on it, but I think I could have written a good essay on To Kill A Mockingbird!
I have been wanting to read it for a long time since I got a Goodreads account but when I watched a YouTuber giving a book review of it and I was put off by her negative review, which made me feel oh I don’t want to read this anymore if its not good. But I came across it again and decided that I wanted to read it. I decided if you want to read a book, then you should just read it and not be put off by a negative review, even though I love reading reviews, both positive and negative.
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
The title of this book doesn’t tell you how ‘To Kill A Mockingbird,’ but only that Atticus stated that it is a sin. I think the title is implying that Tom Robinson is a metaphor for a mockingbird and because he is innocent, wrongly accused of something he did not do, it is a sin to lock him away just because of the colour of his skin. That’s my theory (I could be wrong but that's what I think).
There are so many more things I want to say but will finish this review with a last note that I did enjoy this book and glad I read it in the end.
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