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To Kill a Mockingbird!
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
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To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Advantages: able to relate to most people, thought provoking, captivating, etc
In May I finished my final year in school and despite loving to read it was often considered 'uncool' or just 'wierd' so I often chose not to read for this reason, or due to the fact I had very little time, thoug during my summer I made it one of my very many things on my 'to do' list to read all the 'classic' books.
It wasn't until Victoria Beckham's daughter was born, who she named 'Harper' supposedly after the author of her favourite book that I remembered this book was one of the classics so I decided to buy a copy.To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee; who has sold over 30million copies and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
I bought my copy from Waterstones wear it cost around £6.99, though you can also purchase them on eBay and Amazon, where the cost of the books will vary due to the different publishers/makes of the books.
The book follows very few characters and its main focus is around the 'Finch' family, who in many ways represent many 'normal' families and in others are very different to them, which I think is why the book relates so well to many different families. The book is told through the eyes of Scout Finch, who is Atticus Finch's youngest daughter. I enjoy the fact that it is told through her eyes as reading through a 'childs' eyes we often see/hear more things than we would if it was told through a adults eyes, especially due to the way in which they interpret events differently to adults.
~Atticus Finch ~
Atticus Finch is the father in this novel, to his son, Jem Finch and daughter, Scout Finch. He is a humble and intelligent man, whos main aim throughout the story is to teach is children right from wrong and morals. He is a lawyer and the case he has been dealt in the novel perhaps has a lot more meaning to it than what we first see, in that this case enables him to teach his children right from wrong and that those who are in the right do not always recieve fair justice.
The eldest of Atticus' children and perhaps has the biggest change throughout their novel, due to his transition from a boy to a man. The trial perhaps lies the toughest on Jems shoulders, but does his best to cover it and perhaps is one of the most detatched throughout the novel. He is growing up through a time of lots or prejudice and racism, however, despite the fact that he is 'pressured' into feeling this way too he is able to see the right side to things and is perhaps a lot more intelligent then he believes himself to be.
~Scout Finch ~
Scout Finch recieves a lot of pressure from her Aunt and others in that she should become a proper girl/lady in that she is very much a tomboy, but despite the pressure she may be under, she is also very stubborn in that she sticks by herself as a tomboy. Sometimes she seems at a bit of loose end as she is seeing her brother growing up and wanting to do stuff alone, which often sees Scout pretending she understands certain scenrios or acting more mature in order to keep up with him. Nonetheless, in her own way Scout is also growing up and beginning to understand that the 'adult' world is much different to how she percieved it to be.
Dill is a boy of a similar age to Jem who visits every summer. He is a mischeivous boy with an eye for adventure and often sets dares for Jem and Scout to see who can be the 'bravest', yet often never competes in the dares himself. He does not have a 'home' as such and is often placed from relative to relative, however is happiest when he is with Scout an Jem.
Tom Robinson is referred to as the 'mockingbird' in the story. He is a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman, which in times of prejudice and great divides in race means that the odds look set against him. He is being defended by Atticus.
As said before, the story is told through Scout. Though, what she often does is to tell the story through other peoples eyes, how she expects them to see it, or how she believes them to be thinking about a certain scenario.Though, due to the fact that she is only a child she often sees things in a very 'simplistic' view, in 'black and white', in what she beleives to be morally right and wrong as taught be her Father. She believes that it is right that Atticus is defending Tom Robinson due to the fact that he did nothing wrong, yet cannot quite comprehend why others disagree with her Father's decision to defend him. She is unable to understand the idea that some people do not 'like' black people or think 'badly' upon it and although she does not realise it, these ideas are already sculpting her future.
Scout and Jem go through man adventures together which often allows them to grow as person. As they become older they also begin to question adults and their way of being and often fail to undertand why adults make certain decisions or fail to to understand why certain adults try to hide things from children. Scout is very honest throughout the novel and it is her honesty that truly captivated me throughout the novel as reading a novel through a childs eyes is much different to reading it through an adults. Scout notices more than an adult does, questions more than an adult does, thinks more than her adult does, but above all it is the truth and innocence of a child that makes this novely a truly captivating read.
Throughout the novel we see the way in which the trial is able to shape Scout into a young lady and Jem in a young man and the fact that they begin to understand social and racial divides, but better yet do not understand why people still believe or treat others in this way which could scope a bright and less prejudice future for the town of Maycombe.
This book covers many different topics, from prejudice to social divide, morals, wrong and right and that of justice and despite it being consdiered that of a 'vintage' classic I still believe that many of the topics that it covers are still very much around today which allows the reader both to be able to relate to the book, but also allows them to question why things, in so many ways, have stayed the same.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is so much more thought-provoking than many other classic reads. I loved the fact that it was told through a childs perspective and we were able to see her grow and mature through her own eyes. Her honesty throughout the novel makes the book both a light-hearted and humorous read, but also a story of right and wrong and the fact that not everyone is seen as equals and gets the justice they deserve.
Though the book is written through her eyes, the book is very literate, which makes it an interesting read for any audience and also allows for a greater detail.
This novel really is a lovely, captivating read and from all the 'classic' books I have read so far, this has been my favourite which I think is mainly due to the character of Atticus Finch. He is a humble man, yet really is the true hero in this novel, although at times he can seem detatched, he is so full of compassion and though, at times, his job puts stress and a large amount of pressure on him, his want for putting the justice system right sees him as one of those characters you will never forget.
Overall, I would highly recommend this novel, it is definitley one I would pick up again and I also believe it has taught me through many of the things that Atticus Finch has said and believe that many of his quotes are memorable and will stick with me for a long time!
Summary: To Kill a Mockingbird!