To Kill A Mockingbird (Book Review)

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“Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then; a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bather before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.

People moved slowly then. They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of the stores around it, took their time about everything. A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer. There was no hurry, for their was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.” -Excerpt from To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic novel written by Harper Lee. It is a timeless literary masterpiece that everyone should read. The story takes place in a small town in Alabama during the 1930’s. It centers around a five-year-old girl named Scout, her nine-year-old brother Jem, and their widowed father Atticus who works as a criminal defense attorney. Other characters include Aunt Alexandra, Miss Maudie, Dill,  Calpurnia, Boo Radley, and the Ewells. Throughout the story, racism and justice are examined when Atticus defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Scout and Jem see the prejudice and intolerance in their town while being raised by Atticus, who is kind, understanding, and tolerant.

Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is a story of compassion and the perseverance to stand up for what you believe in. It depicts sorrow and hope, and challenges moral beliefs. One of my favorite parts of the book is Atticus’s closing argument during the trial as it is a great piece of literature.  I recommend this book to everyone who wants to read an amazing story.

 

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