To Kill A Mockingbird

5 Sep

There has been a lot of reviews, praises, comments or analysis on this book. The main reason is that this novel is a classic one. Students are reading this book in school (or at least they should 🙂 ). Teachers are spending a lot of time to show students how great and powerfull the story is. I know that at the age of 16 you are not interested in reading novels like this, but please find the time when you get older. It will really make you stop and think. 

As I am living outside of United States. We don’t hear about this story in schools often. Of course we learn about Dostojevski, Nabokov, Kafka or other writers. But about Harper Lee, not that much. I was always more interested in american literature than in ours. As soon as I started to read To Kill A Mockingbird I fell in love with it. Unfortunately I did not finish to read that book and I lost it. I know, I know…how could I loose a book, you would think. Believe me I really don’t know. I was mourning that book for weeks. Few years later I found the biography of Harper Lee named I Am Scout. The more pages I read, the more I started to realise that I knew that person from the book. I know Harper Lee, I know Scout. And how I know them? I have lived with that stubborness and that attitude my whole life. I am not going to write a review on this book here. I just want to emphasize on the importance of the values pointed out in this story. We don‘t see these values in our daily lifes anymore.

I love the freedom of Scout’s character. The inocence of an eight year old child…I am sure many of us misses that period of life. We could run there and back, jum up and down all day and we would never get tired. We would enjoy every sunny day outside with friends, exploring the world, searching secrets in the woods, imaginning that we were princesses or astronauts. And this fantasy world was so much enough for us. We were happy.

Scout is not a typical girl. She is playing with boys. Mostly she accompanies her brother Jem and her best friend Dill. Which was rather unusual during those times. She is not affraid to tell honestly everything what is on her mind. And she always means well. The innocence of a child sometimes does not allow him to see the real face of the cruel world. And Scout is slowly learning how cruel the real world can be.

I think that the world nowadays misses this innocence of an eight year old. We are moving fast into the future without looking out of he window. We think how liberal and modern we are. How developed our countries are and how peacefully we can live. But we never stop and look back. We never think how great it would be not to spend our weekend just behind the computer or infront of the TV. Wouldn’t it be great to go back to the times when we visited each other instead of texting? Or just to spend all day outside enjoying the freshness of a new day? This is what I like about the stories like To Kill A Mockingbird. This story gives you the opportunity to look back to your own childhood, when you were wild and free.

And then there is Atticus. Loving father who has his own methods of raising his children. He encourages their curiosity, teaches them how to be good people. Harper Lee created perfect prototype of a strong man, who stands for the rights of innocent people and leads his family to become independent and self-confident people.

To Kill A Mockingbird is an honest book. This was the first impression this nove lhas made on me. And that sums it up I guess. Honesty is what this world misses. Honesty helps us to be better and stronger. It makes us happier in a way.

And for those of you who did not read the biography of Harper Lee, I highly recommend it 🙂

One Response to “To Kill A Mockingbird”

  1. thoughtsarelikeclouds September 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    I totally agree with you. I loved this book very much and sometimes I regret to live outside the US because I’d like to understand the impact of this book in their society. To me, it is beautiful and hopeful. It gives strength. I really love it 🙂

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