News By/Courtesy: Gopika Sasi | 31 Aug 2020 11:37am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • To Kill a Mockingbird will never stop being a good book, and it will never stop inspiring good people.
  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee is the author of To Kill a Mockingbird
  • To Kill a Mockingbird is both a young girl’s coming-of-age story and a darker drama about the roots and consequences of racism and prejudice

To Kill a Mockingbird will never stop being a good book, and it will never stop inspiring good people. This is a book that everyone will read at some point in time in their life. It might be because you were insisted to read it in school or somebody forced you to read it, but this surely is that one book that you’ll remember. 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee is the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

The book talks about Atticus Finch who as an unconventional hero due to his morality rather than his physical capabilities. The book focuses on that gut instinct of right and wrong and distinguishes it from just following the law.

The story of the book takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb during the Great Depression period. Jean Louise, called Scout is the protagonist of the book. She is an intelligent though unconventional girl aged six to nine during the novel.

 Her widowed father, Atticus Finch raised her along with her brother. Her father used to tell them it is a sin to kill a mockingbird as birds are innocent and harmless.

Tom Robinson, one of the town’s Black residents was falsely accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. Despite threats from society, Atticus agrees to defend him. He faces a mob intent on killing his client but refuses to abandon him at some point in time. Unwittingly Scout diffuses the situation. Tom is convicted after the trial even though Atticus defended him by stating that Mayella Ewell was attacked by her father Bob Ewell. Tom tries to escape from custody and is shot and killed. The character’s death is compared to the senseless slaughter of songbirds.

Meanwhile, children are playing their miniaturized drama of superstition and prejudice as they become interested in Arthur Radley commonly called Boo, a solitary neighbour who is a local legend. Atticus, rebuke them and tries to encourage a more sensitive attitude among children. 

To Kill a Mockingbird is both a young girl’s coming-of-age story and a darker drama about the roots and consequences of racism and prejudice. It quite surprising how good and bad can coexist within a single community or individual.  

 
This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 01 Sep 2020 3:23am IST


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