To kill a mockingbird book review the guardian
Harper Lee, To Kill A MockingbirdI had to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee at school, and it was probably one of the best books I have ever read. I loved the book and when I finished it, I was genuinely sad to have finished the book. Before I read the book I had heard how good it was but it was not until I got the opportunity to read the book that I realised what the fuss was about.The book is set in the mid 1930s in the midst of the Great Depression in Maycomb, a small, isolated, inward-looking town in Alabama, USA.
The narrator is Scout Finch, who looks back to when she was a young girl living with her brother Jem and their father Atticus, a lawer. The finished book poignantly displays 1930s America and the attitudes of its people. Additionally, it is a bildungsroman (coming of age) book for the two main characters, Jem and Scout Finch, as they learn many life lessons throughout the story. After numerous attempts to encourage him to come out of the house, the children eventually abandon this mission, showing that they are growing up.
To Kill a Mocking bird is an intriguing book about justice and judging. It is set in a small town in America. A young girl named Scout is playing in her front garden with her older brother, Jem, when she meets a young boy called Dill, who they befriend. The kids play a series of games which involves another neighbour who was accused of stabbing his father with a pair of scirrors. His children To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic book about the appalling bigotry and callousness faced by outsiders.
In the early 1930s in Maycomb in the Deep South of America, where the story is set, it was almost a crime to be different. Three children thought differently. Scout Finch, a tomboy with attitude, her brother Jeremy, otherwise known as Jem and their friend Dill are involved in an extraordinary story which is revealed through the eyes of Scout.Through her, one of the stories we are told is about her father, Atticus, a lawyer who has been given an incredibly tough case.
He is the only gentleman in Maycomb County who will stand up for a black man in court. Photograph: prTom Robinson has been falsely accused of the rape of a white woman, Mayella Ewell. The Ewells are the embarrassment of the town. Everyone else is civilised and polite. Similarly, To Kill a Mockingbird owed some of its success to extra-literary circumstances: it was published in the year JFK went to the White House, then caught the mood of the civil rights movement,sold tens of millions of copies, and inspired a movie classic starring Gregory Peck.
In the time of the Great Depression when rights for black people had only just been won, the odds are cruelly turned against Tom and his lawyer Atticus Finch.But inequality is everywhere, not just in court. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. Own the rights. Buy it at AmazonMore at IMDb Pro Update Data QuickliLee accurately portrays both sides of the divided society of 1930s Alabama.
Readers may also be inspired to read other Pulitzer Prize winners. Through the eyes of children Jem and Scout Finch, racism is examined when a black man goes on trial for the rape of a white woman. Though some of the characters, and the society, are racist, this book is one of our most eloquent appeals for tolerance and justice. Jem and Scout come of age in the book, emerging from their experience more aware of the complications of their world, but also with their sense of right and wrong intact.
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books that almost everyone reads at some point in their lives. The theme of morals is apparent throughout the whole novel, especially in relation to religion and perception of sin. Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images.