To Kill a Mockingbird is a celebrated novel by Harper Lee. This American classic is one of the most read books of all time.

The story revolves around an 8 year old Scout Finch and her family in 1930s. In midst of sheer depression in Alabama, Finch kids grows up to learn some harsh realities of life.

A negro man accused of rape by a white girl was declared guilty in spite of proven innocent. However, the jury wouldn’t free a black man against a white girl’s charges. Kids get upset by the injustice and the tyrannical attitude of racist society. Kids tended to see things just the way they wanted to. Toward the end of the novel they gradually understand that it’s unjust to judge people until you put on their shoes and walk a few steps. Their assumptions about Boo Radley, Cunninghams, Mrs Dubose turns out to be erroneous. They learn to admire and adore Calpurnia and her services more than ever. They develop deep reverence and understanding for their father. The innate bond between the brother and sister looks real and endearing. Atticus Finch’s sturdy character is quintessentially the best father, a responsible citizen and a proficient lawyer. Hands down, one of my few most favourite characters in literature of all time. I’m a fan of those enthralling courtroom dramas and this book has some remarkable arguments and pleadings.

Atticus tell his children-
“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”

A mockingbird in this book, represents innocence. Scout eventually figures it all out. In a society full of people who endorses such discrimination, infringement and wrong doings, we must preserve the rest of the ‘Mockingbirds’. The innocent ones who doesn’t harm anyone or anything but keep to oneself.

This book is a must read. Besides, one must read it in the early years of life. It’s one of it’s own kind. It’s richness is unparalleled.

Some one-liners from this book stuck to my head.

“Things are always better in the morning”

“Atticus, he was real nice.
Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”

Surbhi Islam

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