To Kill a Mockingbird. I think, Harper Lee’s book defines “a classic” in every sense of the word.
Narrated through the eyes of a littler girl, it’s a story about growing up, family background, societal justice, and moral justice – recognising, comprehending, and accepting them altogether.
The prose style may not seem like one of a 6-year-old but, reading through her confusion and effort to understand things, kept me holding onto her. The relationship she has with everyone is heart warming and her attempt to comprehend the complex and paradoxical world is inspiring.
The surface of the story has endless games, mischief, sibling squabbles, troubles at school, and even childhood sweethearts. But, it dwells on discrimination, racism and justice as well. Heck, it even touched on religion, herd mentality, and double standards.
If any, I like their family dynamics – albeit not the norm structure, the Finches share a close relationship but they give each other space as well. I deeply admire Atticus’s determination, as a lawyer, liberal, and honest man, to defend a Negro accused of raping a white girl. I admire how he is like as a father – a role model to his children, teaching them how to read, and educating them about social issues.
Remember, “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
A classic that transcends different generations, it reminds us to respect everyone for who they are.“To Kill A Mockingbird” is a book with so many layers of meaning that you can get so much out of it. I say it’s a must-read. Because regardless of the context, this will never stop being a good book, and it will never stop inspiring good people.
In honour of Atticus, Scout, Jem, Dill, Boo Radley and Calpurnia, I’m giving this book a full 5!
“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.” – Atticus Finch
BONUS: The character of Atticus in the book has been humanised by many over the decades. While some may think he passed on, his legacy never did. I found and obituary for Atticus Finch here.