To Kill a Mockingbird

So following up with my idea to continue reading the classics, I decided to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This was much more enjoyable that my last foray into reading the classics. I have to say that this was a very good read – this one seemed to merit it’s classic standing. There were many values that are either discussed or implied that are still very much applicable in today’s culture.

The main characters Scout and her older brother, Jem are children during the 1930s in the deep south. In the sub-stories, they engage in the normal mischeif of young children, getting themselves in and out of fairly harmless trouble. Of course there is racial conflict during this time and the main storyline revolves around Scout’s dad, Atticus, who is a defense lawyer for an American American worker, Tom Robinson, who is incorrectly accused of raping a poor white woman and her father.

The story truly brings to mind the obvious shortcoming of the way humans inherently treat each other. Hindsight is obviously 20/20 in this case since we can look back at that time and see how incorrectly people treated African Americans at that time. There is no way around the fact that it was wrong. It really makes me think about what we are missing that is going on right now in front of our noses that we’re missing because it’s just so ingrained in our culture.

Overall, a good read. Thought provoking and insightful about that culture of that day and time. 7.5/10

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