To Kill A Mockingbird is one of those books that is lauded as a classic. However, some “classics” fall short and leave you wishing you had read another book. Not so with To Kill A Mockingbird.
While considered a classic for several reasons, from the fact that it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize to being a book that deals with hard topics, the story is one that stretches generations, with timeless themes.
“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”
To Kill A Mockingbird is not just a classic novel, however. Rather, it is a social commentary, a history, and insight into what it was like for the author growing up in a small, rural Alabama town in the 1930’s, the daughter of a lawyer.
When I first opened the book, I entered with the expectation of a good book. People have enjoyed the story for three generations! But I never expected to completely fall in love with the characters.
The story introduces us to Scout, the daughter of Atticus Finch, a well-respected, if unpopular, lawyer and is told through her eyes. I have to say there is something very endearing about Harper Lee’s style of writing– it is so real.
“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
While it could be argued that Lee addressed many issues in her stunning novel, from race relations and justice to respect and compassion, the overarching theme I saw in the book was defending the innocent. No matter who they are.
Parents should be warned before handing the novel over to young children, however. The book does contain some foul language, and a large part of the story deals with the subject of rape. The potentially objectionable (for some) topic of Halloween is discussed, as well.
“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?”
Overall, the book was well written, based on sound theological principles, and is one that I look forward to reading many times in the future. I would give To Kill A Mockingbird an “A+”.
Have you read To Kill A Mockingbird? If so, what are your thoughts?