Harper Lee’s one and only novel has been hailed as one of the greatest classics of our time. And I’m in agreement with that.
The story of Jean Louise Finch (a.k.a., Scout) and growing up in 1930s Alabama is easily one of the best that I’ve ever read.
Starting from the first chapter onward, To Kill a Mockingbird describes the hardships of being a child and living during the Great Depression.
Scout, the main character, tells about her relationships between her brother, Jeremy (Jem), her best friend Dill, and her father, Atticus. She also talks about the changes that occur naturally; going to school, learning how to deal with classmantes,? etc.
One of the story’s pivotal moments is when Atticus, Myacomb’s attorney, is defending a Negro by the name of Tom Robinson. Tom has been charged with raping the daughter of Maycomb’s town drunk, Bob Ewell. Atticus does a very good job, and Jem is convinced that Tom will go free. I will not reveal the verdict, but it will surprise you.
While the trial is the main point of the story, what leads up to and follows it is just as important.
This book, over forty years old, has captivated my interest, and it is sure to do the same to you. My? personal opinion is that To Kill a Mockingbird, while the title may seem a little odd, is a gateway into a wonderful world. It’s not just another piece of fiction. It is like a documentary, a book likely to be categorized in the historical fiction genre.
I could go on and on for hours, but I will refrain. I highly suggest To Kill a Mockingbird to any and all who are interested. Enjoy!