Title: To Kill A Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Publisher: J. B. Lippincott & Co.
Publication Date: July 11, 1960
Number of Pages: 296
To Kill A Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s during three years in the life of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Scout and her brother Jem lived with their father Atticus. Their mother died when Scout was two years old.
A major event in the story is the trial of Tom Robinson. Scout’s father, Atticus, was chosen by a judge to represent Tom Robinson in court.
Scout and her older brother faced people who disagreed with their father’s decision to represent Tom Robinson. Scout resorted to defending her father with her fists.
Scout and Jem met Dill Harris one summer and the three of them spied on a neighbor, Boo Radley, who’s family had been an interest of the town for a while until Tom Robinson’s trial. Scout, Jem, and Dill spied on Boo Radley’s house several times throughout the story.
Scout and Jem’s aunt Alexandra moved in with the family to give Scout a feminine role model. Scout preferred spending time with Miss Maude, a neighbor, and Calpurnia, their housekeeper.
Atticus did not want his children and Dill to watch the trial. They secretly watched from an area of the courtroom reserved for black people.
Tom was found guilty. Atticus told him not to lose hope. Tom was killed while trying to escape.
One evening while Jem and Scout were walking home from a school play, Jem thought he heard noises but Scout dismissed them as a classmate who scared them earlier. Moments later, the children were attacked by Bob Ewell. Boo Radley ran out of his house and carried an unconscious Jem home. Atticus called Sheriff Heck Tate immediately. After Tate arrived, he informed Atticus of the death of Bob Ewell. Atticus feared Jem had killed the man, but Tate insisted that Ewell fell on his own knife.
After the commotion ended, Atticus put Scout to bed, and sat at Jem’s bedside all night.
I first heard of To Kill A Mockingbird in a scene from an old Disney show, Hannah Montana. Miley’s horse was sick and her brother wanted to know if vet had read the book. I assumed Jackson was supposed to read it as a school assignment. The vet told him it was not about a mockingbird. This struck me as odd, but I didn’t question it.
I was inspired to read this book while looking at Rick Riordan’s website. Riordan wrote the Percy Jackson series, which I read and enjoyed. He mentioned this was one of his favorite books.
I thought To Kill A Mockingbird was going to be a really boring classic. This book is about life in the 1930s after the stock market crashed. Throughout the novel, we witness racism and injustice, which the young characters notice. We also witness Scout and Jem mature throughout the book. I was surprised that this book was mentioned in a Disney show because nothing is sugarcoated in this story.
However amazing the story is,it is not a book for children. There is profanity throughout the story. I’ll probably have to read it again in a few years, because I enjoyed the parts about the children more than those about the adults. I liked how Jem always found a loophole in Atticus’ rules and how Scout thought it was natural for everyone to know that the Cunningham family didn’t have money. I had a hard time putting myself in Tom Robinson’s position, which is why I’ll be reading this book again.
Bob Ewell was my least favorite character. He was extremely creepy. I also did not like Scout and Jem’s family members: Aunt Alexandra, Uncle Jack, and Aunt Alexandra’s grandson, Francis. Francis was very spoiled and provoked Scout to fight him. When the adults noticed the commotion, Francis lied about his involvement and Uncle Jack punished Scout without hearing her side of the story.
Most of the characters in the story used improper English, and I had a problem figuring out what a few words meant. Overall, it was very understandable.
I would recommend this book to other readers because even though I preferred the childrens’ story, other people will appreciate the adults’ story.