Goodreads Rating: 4,25/5
Author: Harper Lee
Genre: Classics, Historical, Literature, Young Adult
“…but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
“To Kill A Mockingbird,” tells about a family living in Maycomb County, Alabama in the 1930s. This family consists of two brothers, Jem and Scout, and his father, Atticus Finch who is a lawyer. In those days, discrimination was still very applicable to blacks. They aren’t considered important and they usually work as housemaids, drivers, messengers, and so on. This novel will be told from the point of view Scout, an eight-year-old girl whose a tomboy and innocent. Their lives aren’t like what people think. Scout who since birth never knew his own mother due to died after Scout was born. But, she was very grateful still being taken care of by her father, Atticus. Her brother was also obedient to Calpurnia, a figure who practically acted like a mother to them even though Calpurnia himself was already married and had children of his own. During the summer holiday, their best friend Dill always comes to visit them. His arrival was very much-anticipated by Scout. Then the three of them will play together, disturb their neighbor’s, play games, to other fun things.
Finch family’s life began changing when Atticus became the defender of Tom Robinson, a black man for a rape case against a white woman named Mayella Ewell. Until then, the people of Maycomb had strenuously challenged Atticus’s actions but Atticus didn’t care. In fact, they regard Atticus as a ‘nigger lover.’ Because Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, Scout and his brother are always insulted by other children. Then, scout complained about it to her father. Atticus encouraged his children and said he was sure he had done the right thing because none of them were guilty either blacks or whites. When the day of the judgment arrived, Jem and Scout secretly infiltrated the courts to witness firsthand the efforts of their father defending Tom. Scout finally understands that this world isn’t always black and white. She assumes that prejudice is ingrained long enough for everyone and is capable of blinding people so that it’s hardly able to see what is right and what isn’t.
Yeah, tired also write this synopsis not even realize that this synopsis along that. This novel is my favorite novel and very have the meaning of life in it, finally, can review this book. Harper Lee is a genius writer. The theme in this novel has very deep meaning. Readers will be invited to understand each issue from a child’s point of view, a pure point of view, and prejudice-free perspective so that we will see more conflict in the novel.
Characterization of the novel is very impressive. Atticus, who somehow allowed his son to call him ‘Atticus’ instead of ‘father’. He is an exemplary figure. Every sentence that comes out of his mouth is so meaningful. Although his children are always doing minor mischief, he also never hit his children at all. He’s too humble to boast about his skills. In addition, he also treats Calpurnia as part of the family. Atticus wasn’t like a white man who generally looked down on blacks.
Harper Lee also describes the relationship of Jem and Scout with a very interesting impression. I really like this figure Scout because she is very different from the kids in general. At the age that is still like that, Scout has begun to understand the meaning of the world of adults. Though she is a tomboy and sometimes harsh, she is able to show that she is behaving as a ‘respectable lady’ as her aunt desires.
This novel is also included on the list of “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.” According to The Guardian, this book is a classic reading that has all the factors to be the best book. I also felt very touched when reading that the message contained therein is very appealing for the time Nowadays like Prejudice, Racism, Discrimination, all have their respective values. I also watched the movie itself. The movie was launched in 1962 with the same title. There is one of the most meaningful quotes for myself:
“If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. 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.”
– Atticus to Scout