To Kill a Mockingbird is my fourth book read for the #TBR20 challenge!
From what I understand, To Kill a Mockingbird is part of the standard school reading curriculum in the United States. Being from Northern Ontario, it was never part of the required reading, and I therefore never read this book at any point in my scholastic career. It has been on my “to be read list”…what a perfect opportunity to read it for #TBR20!
To Kill a Mockingbird is a bittersweet story written from the point of view of young Scout, a tomboy, and her experiences with her older brother Jem. They live with their widower lawyer father, Atticus Finch in 1930s Alabama. Atticus has been assigned to a case defending a black man accused of raping a young white girl. Needless to say, while Scout concerns herself with fears only a six-year-old could preoccupy herself with; like the bogey man who supposedly lives in that shady house on the dark end of their street, or fearing she got in trouble again for schoolyard fighting, the town is up in arms against the accused black man and Atticus, the lawyer assigned to defend him.
This story is one that dates itself to a simpler time, with not-so-simple rules for life. One cannot ignore the strong socio-economic themes of racism, class and sexual mores in To Kill a Mockingbird. There are other themes not as obvious: relationships between siblings… the loss of innocence in the realization that life isn’t fair. But, one lesson to take away is that there is virtue in fighting for what you believe in. Many of these subtexts made for a very moving and engrossing read. There are pivotal plot twists to this story that will also make the hairs on your neck stand on end. But, don’t worry, I won’t get into them here because I want you to read this story.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel I won’t soon forget, and I only wish I had discovered it before now.