[RGC 309.] To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

[read: thankful for Harper Lee]

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At the beginning of the year, I really wanted to read Go Set a Watchman but only after rereading To Kill a Mockingbird, a story that’s stuck with me since the 6th grade. It’s pretty amazing how an 11-year-old could connect so much with this story, but that’s the mark of a good author. No matter the reader, Harper Lee could make you feel. She’s probably the best one-hit-wonder (right?) ever.

I’m not quite sure how to explain, analyze, or condense this novel. It provides an innocent, young protagonist, Scout, and her incredible role model, Atticus. {Fun Fact: I have a friend who auditioned for Scout on Broadway as a child and didn’t get the part because she couldn’t make up ‘Scout insults’ fast enough. I would love to have been in that audience.} It gives us the story of Boo, shunned by society until finally proven innocent in Scout’s eyes for saving her in the attack. It is wholeheartedly a story of race relations in the United States, and one that needs to continue being read to comprehend the history of oppression in this country. And one that translates really well to the big screen, give it a watch if you haven’t already. You’re depriving yourself of the best Atticus Finch ever.

Without a reading of To Kill a Mockingbird, the title is a crime in and of itself, citizens of these here fine States (I couldn’t not) would lose an important qualification of the country they live in. That of a struggle between an innocent Black man and his white lawyer, and a child who witnesses segregation and racism at its worst to then change her outlook on life. I like that this is a staple in any curriculum; at some point in public school, students will be introduced to Scout’s troubles and Harper Lee’s mastery of English. I’m not quite sure if Lee’s impact could possibly be greater than being involved in shaping young minds and exposing them to hard-hitting issues from the onset. Thank you for that.

10 out of 10 would recommend.

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