To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
- maart 02, 2021
- Cindy Pel
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” – Miss Maudie
For university, I had to read some novels. Directly I was thinking about to kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee. When I read this, I loved it, but I forget some parts of the book because it was so many years ago. Now that I finished it again, I have no words. This book has from now a special place in my heart. You can tell that I loved it!!
If you are interested in why I loved this novel and my opinions about it, please read further.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view,… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
Jem and Scout, Atticus Finch’s children, slowly get to know the difference between black and white humans. (Personally, I prefer to say brown people of colour instead of black). They get involved with it when their father, a lawyer, risks everything to stand behind a black man in court. A novel that, for real, opened my eyes again. To Kill a Mockingbird was written in 1960. Sixty-one years ago, this was written, and still, nowadays, we have parts of it that do come back regularly.
So the beginning of the story can be a bit slow. Harper Lee is trying to show you how the city of Maycomb looks and especially how Scout Finch it sees. In my personal opinion, I think this part is essential for later in the story when you get a lot of information. Even the beginning is a bit slow. You still go really fast through it. It is an English classic read what can sometimes go a bit slower. It was written so many years ago; however, I don’t really have that with this story.
To kill a mockingbird is a sin when you do that. And it is true, but it has multiple meanings. For me, that is what it made, maybe even more special. The moment when Atticus choose to do the good thing and come up for a man to do the right thing to change the world. That is how it felt for me; no matter your race, your differences. You are still a person, a human, and you deserve an honest process. Here in the Netherlands, we say you are not guilty until guilt is proven, and the whole court process I had to think about this because what happened with this black man and Atticus happened for years and years and was not fair at all.
Jean Louise Finch “Scout” To Kill a Mockingbird is written about her perspective. And Harper Lee did an excellent job with making her in this story. A young girl who has no mother, only her father and her brother Jem. She likes to be one of the guys and not to be a girl. She doesn’t care about other people. She is not the same as other girls. And for her age, she is already so smart (what people don’t like). During the time Scout is changing, Jem is changing and in both a different way. That is what it makes realistic. You can clearly see the development of both children growing up and becoming a lady and a gentleman.
Next to the story of the Tom Robinson case, there is another main character in the storyline. His name is Boo Radley. Boo is the neighbour of the Finch family, but they have never seen him. Boo is taking a big part in To Kill a Mockingbird, but it is almost until the end of the book where his part becomes bigger and vital. I wished I knew more about him and more about his history and life.
Overall this book has a special place in my heart. It is heartwarming, but at the same time, it gets me super emotional. I am curious, did you read To Kill a Mockingbird? Please leave it in the comment.
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