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To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

March 13, 2017
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To Kill A Mockingbird is the first book that I have read in 2017. The first few pages were tough for me to read because I was getting confused a lot but then finally after reading the first two pages twice, I picked up the rhythm. The book is written by Harper Lee. It was first published in 1960. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this book. The book tries explaining about sensitive topics like rape and racial inequality in a very warm manner. The remarkable story-telling skill of Harper Lee makes the book a wonderful read. 

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The Background of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

The story is set in the year of 1930s in Maycomb, Alabama. The story revolves around four main characters: Scout Finch, Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. The author draws the attention of the readers to many delicate topics with the help of her story. 

Theme of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

Gender, social class and racial inequality are the implicit issues that the author talks about through the narration of a young girl. The book takes you through the understanding journey of Scout. And along with Scout, the readers also comes across many valuable life lessons. I will share those with you at the end of the post. 

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Justification Of The Theme

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The above lines were said by Miss Maudie when she was explaining to Scout why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. The statement does not suffice to understand the real meaning behind the title. ‘Mocking Bird’ is actually symbolic to innocent people. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are the two characters in the story who are compared to mockingbirds. Though innocent, they are punished for their innocence in the cruel world. The title ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ surely jibe with the context of the story. 

The Story Of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ 

Here is the plot of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ in five sentences. You can skip this section if you want to discover the plot of the story on your own. And even if you read the plot in these five sentence, you will still have a lot to discover in the book. So, here I go. 

Scout, a curious young girl with deep understanding narrates the story. Her father, Atticus Finch does his best to answer her with moral insight in his response. A white girl falsely accuses Tom Robinson of raping her and Atticus fights the case for Tom. Atticus provides relevant evidence to prove the innocence of Tom. But even after the realization of  Tom Robinson innocence, the judges declare him guilty. 

And that’s it! African-American always seem to conjure up images of all the wrong doings in the minds of white people living in the town of Alabama.  The great injustice against Tom because of racial discrimination will surely break your heart. 

Who Is My Favourite Character In The Book?

My favourite character in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is Atticus Finch. He has been a moral hero for many readers and now I can understand the reason behind it. Enough instances are present in the book that proves that he is a great father who never leaves an opportunity to pass moral values to his children. He strongly believes that it is wrong to take advantage of unfortunate people, Atticus believes in justice. He does everything in his capacity to do good to the people that surround him. He is a man that has a naturally equable temperament. Atticus is the only adult character in the novel who stays away from prejudice. And I also like him because he loves to read. 

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My Favourite Quotes From ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

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Why Should You Read the Book?

It is not very often that you comes across such a wonderful story teller. The story is spun with such a warmth that the book can be enjoyed best in a cold season with a blanket. A continuity remains through the story that prevents jolts of transition. A child pays attention to every small thing.Thanks to the narration of the child that the readers can enjoy many minute details in the story. Also, the innocence of childhood is used in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ to question many traditions and other social norms. This is a book that you will not regret reading. 

It’s time for you to read the book if you haven’t read it already!

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