To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I began reading “To Kill a Mockingbird“.

This classic is about the small 1960s Alabama family: widower and father Atticus and his two kids Jem and Jean Louise ‘Scout’. The main plot of the novel revolves around Atticus’ criminal case: he is defending a black man who has been accused of insulting a young white girl. Besides the big trial, the novel covers other main topics of the 60s – race, gender, and social class. Our young characters Jem and Scout are raised by an open-minded father who teaches them the differences between love vs hate, good vs bad, kindness vs inhumanity.

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, don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out of us.

Despite the unhappy outcome, the end of the novel brings closure and a lesson for the reader. It is sin to kill a Mockingbird, and sins do not remain unpunished for long.

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10 thoughts on “To Kill a Mockingbird

    • I agree with you. I do not think I would fully enjoy it when I was younger, and even pick up the important topics that were covered in the novel. I enjoyed the characters, and was very impressed by Atticuss’ parenting style in the 60s.

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  1. I had the opportunity to read To Kill a Mockingbird back in 8th grade, and I remember it having a very profound effect on me. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I had very little conception of race relations in America, and TKAM opened my eyes to its horror. I also loved Atticus. He reminded me of my father – kind, gentle, yet resolved to do what is right, no matter the futility of the effort. Not sure if my dad has as good of aim with a rifle though! I don’t know when I will ever get a chance to read it again. I’ll just have to stick to a good summary for now https://newyorkessays.com/essay-to-kill-a-mockingbird-chapter-1-8-summary/.

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    • Im sure if you will read it now, it will shine even more lite on you. What I found very interesting, is the fact that even 80 years later, in the middle of American (small towns/villages) people’s opinion regarding race, sexuality, gender and religion has not changed very much. Individuals who live in or near metropolitan cities look at these topic from a different point of view (accepting it) as they are introduced to it on daily basic.

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