Review of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird By Harper Lee'
This book talk about the evils of the society and some typical characters we find in our everyday lives.
An Enthralling Review
The beauty of the way this book is written is inexplicable.Harper Lee drives the writer from the track of present to the past and then back to the present in such a way which keeps the story intact.It is a classic in which several themes such as racism,crime and Injustice is mentioned.This story revolves around Scout,a six year old and her elder brother,Jem.Scout is a very loving girl but as she hangs out with boys,she is tough.
The story reflects on many issues but a small one mentioned is when Scott goes to school and she knows more than the other kids.Her teacher scolds and tells her to 'unlearn' what she had learnt.Scout feels distressed and does not wish to go to school.This incident shows how teachers become insecure that their students know of something from home rather than the teacher.Such teachers still exist.At times they fear children might know more than them ,which is a good thing but then again they don't want their reputation ruined.
Atticus,the children's widowed father brings up his children with good manners and morals.I would consider him a role model for today's parents.When scout asks him what 'rape' means.He intelligently answers and says,'rape is a carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent.' This is something today's parents are unable to do. Although scout did not understand the very meaning of it ,at that moment she sensed that she should not ask about it.Being a single father,atticus handles his children better than two parents would.He taught his children simple morals and envisaged them to look at the world from a greater prospect.
Mrs Dubose ,an old women would plant flowers and when Jem trashed them she would get angry.She got sick and had asked Jem to read her a book at a specific time.She finally died and left something for Jem.It is then discovered in the book why she had asked Jem to read a book.Merely she seemed weak but she showed remarkable bravery which left Jem grasping the true essence of her situation.
The main story is about a young black man,Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a white girl,Mayella.Atticus is the lawyer to defend Tom and soon evidences proved that it was Mayella who took advantage of Tom and had sex with him.Her father saw her and then beats her up.Even after this Tom is sentenced to death because he is a black.In an attempt to escape Tom gets himself killed.
Boo Radley ,an interesting character also has a vital role which i will not reveal.But when Scout sees him leave and go back into the house she sees the world from his perspective.The way Harper Lee has described this in the the last few pages,it just feels magical and leaves the reader in a fluster of thoughts.I must say , those pages i read ,were the best pieces of writing I have read so far.