“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing great. I’m planning to read more books that are out of my comfort zone this year. I really want to explore different genres that I usually don’t go for, because I think it’s good to read diversely every once in a while. I’ve been wanting to read To Kill A Mockingbird since ages, and I’m happy that I did. I was afraid I won’t get into it and like it, but it proved me wrong. I can’t stop thinking about it, and I really wish I read it before. Without further ado, let’s review this book!
This book is set in Alabama in 1916, and it follows the story of a widower lawyer named Atticus, and his two kids, Scout, and Jem. Things in town are going pretty normal, until people hear about some awful news. A black man named Tom Robinson is accused of raping a white girl, and everyone believes he did it. Later on, Atticus decides to take Tom’s case, and defends him in court, even though many people disagree with him. Throughout the process of proving that Tom isn’t guilty, Atticus life will be complicated and it will put Scout and Jem in danger.
I enjoyed reading this book, but it took me a longer time than I expected to finish it. I think that’s because I’m not used to reading classics that much, and the writing style is different from what I usually read. Nonetheless, it is an insightful book with real and important issues like racism, injustice. And it shows us how some people can be judgmental towards others, because of their skin color and their status. It also sheds light on morality, and the difference between the good and bad. And no matter how much you avoid bad situations, they are inevitable and part of reality. But, you can get through them by standing up for what’s right and ignoring what people think or say, because that in itself is bravery. So, the story is told through Scout’s perspective and she’s six years old when the story begins. Of course, she is an unreliable narrator, because she’s too young, and she only tells what she thinks, but not how she or the other characters feel towards what’s happening in town. Like I really wanted to know how Tom felt about his conviction, but his character had no depth in the book, which is really unfortunate. Now let’s talk about the Finch family.
Atticus represents everything good. He’s a patient father who’s compassionate towards his kids. He teaches them the right thing to do, and always has the time to answer their questions and giving them a good answer. And on top of all that, he’s an honest lawyer who always does the right thing. It’s impossible not to like him. Since Atticus is a widower man, he has a maid called Calpurnia, and she’s the mother figure in the story. She’s tough and strict on the kids, but in a good way. She always teaches them how to behave, and treat people. Honestly, she’s my favorite character. When it comes to his kids, Scout, and Jem. They’re really close and I like that, and Jem is so protective of his sister. Scout is smart, and she always fights with everyone, way too honest, and says what’s on her mind without thinking. But I really admire her personality. Over the course of four years, we notice how Jem, and Scout change throughout all of these years. In the beginning they’re both too young, and innocent. But, in the end, we see how they have a better understanding of how things work in life, and they also change the way they used to think about some people.
I like the character development, and how obvious it is. Most of the character change in the end, which seems realistic and relatable. Because, we constantly change, and it’s okay to change your mindset. There’s just something about growing up that makes you sympathize with people, and put yourself in their situation if you want to understand how they feel. And that’s how the Finch kids have matured in the book. To Wrap up my review, To Kill A Mockingbird is a wonderful and thought provoking story that has great life lessons, and It surely leaves you with lots of things to think about. It’s definitely a must read.