Rating: 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
– Atticus Finch”
When does one begin when your soul is so filled with power from a piece of literature? I read this book in a little less than a month. From that first line I was hooked. Something about a little southern girls perspective on life and how she lives really intrigued me. The language brought me into her world, I could see every ounce of her well being along with the people around her. This book has so many important life lessons on courage, kindness, bravery, and genuinely being a person you should be proud of.
Each individual character played some position in teaching little lessons.
Miss Maudie: As open-minded as it gets.
Scout: Has looked good in bad in the face and has learned how to appreciate the good, but accept bad comes with it.
Jem: He’s tough, takes care of his sister, and is growing up. He’s learning the ins and outs of court, life and society.
“Boo” Radley: I feel like I have this undeniable connection with Boo. (previously stated that’s been my nickname my entire life) but he views life from behind the curtain. Not because he hated the outside, but simply because he didn’t want to be “in the light”. It’s like a personal understanding.
Ewells: I have 0 respect for their family. Not even Mayella, I don’t feel a splash of sorry for her.
Dill: As Jem and Scouts friend, he played an important role growing up with them. Having adventures, getting into trouble, but also being a kid.
Calpurnia: As a disciplinary, she did her job well. Keeping an eye on Jem and Scout when their father was away at work. She taught them to suck it up, be tough, be grateful and be kind.
Aunt Alexandra: I was quite frustrated with her and never really liked her. She was always pushing Scout to wear dresses and be more girly. I understand with the year it was set in, and she thought it was best. It was still annoying.
Tom Robinson: I feel sorry for him. He went through so much difficulty with his life and he stopped believing he had a chance.
There are tons of memes that go around about how “To Kill A Mockingbird has nothing to do with killing a mocking bird”. But here’s the deal…It’s symbolism and a metaphor as a lot of works of literature have. Aka….John Green TFIOS.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” symbolises innocence being destroyed by evil. Near the end of the book, Scout says..
“Atticus looked like he needed cheering up. I ran to him and hugged him and kissed him with all my might. “Yes sir, I understand.” I reassured him. “Mr. Tate was right.” Atticus disengaged himself and looked at me. “What do you mean?” “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?”
Basically meaning it’d be like killing the innocent. It’s all metaphorical and symbolic.
I loved this book and it will forever be a special read.
☁ “But sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of—oh, of your father.”
☁ “There are just some kind of men who—who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”
☁ “Your father’s right.” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”