Here is a classic piece of work read by most teens in the US and a few other in the world… Just to mention that the book has been translated into forty or more languages!
Harper Lee has written only two books. The first one, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, is one of the most well known books in the world. It is considered as a masterpiece of American literature and it should be studied at schools.
In the American South of the 1930s, Scout is growing up along with her father Atticus and brother Jem. She is a tomboy, playing around with her brother and a friend, wearing trousers, slugging out other schoolmates and rejecting anything girly. The town, Maycomb Alabama, is one of the classic southern towns. Racism thrives among the citizens, as black men are still considered to be beneath. Atticus is the appointed lower to defend Tom Robinson, a young black man, accused to have sexually assaulted a young white woman. The whole society is turned against him, without a doubt to the accused action, just because he is black.
“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”
To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior. It is a compassionate, deeply moving book. It demonstrates kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, innocence and experience, all this through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl. The father is teaching all the right values to his children, doing his best after his wife has passed away. Not an easy task with two rebellious children! Thank God for Cal who is handling all this mess very well! She is the mighty kind caring woman to solve all queries and set things up in the right order. She changes to adapt to each situation, for she wants what’s best for the family.
The children look up on their father, as he is a plain dealing man, defending right in every aspect and to the possible extend. He tries to teach his children respect and decency in a world that finds it difficult to apply those two values to all people. And as Miss Maudie also says, Atticus Finch is the same behind the doors of his home as he is on the public streets. This describes a man of integrity, someone you can count on and this is what the children do and learn. He, and so should they, does not put pressure on people to go out of their shot for nobody’s sake. Especially people that have suffered from the local society’s behavior. He, and so should they, does not rush to jump into conclusions. He, and so should they, always listens what one has to say. He, and so should they, always supports the right cause. He is a role model father, opposing drunkard and savage (single, widowers or not) fathers of the time.
It is a book that makes us think and realize that not much have actually changes since the 1930s in many aspects. Racism still exists in many forms. Domestic violence still exists, even a bit more exaggerated nowadays… People still stick their noses to other people business… People still need to become humans…