To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Our first book review is given by The Roach(god knows y that name) about Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. Well it does contain spoilers and will ruin the book for some half way through it, but for those who want to know the jist of this classic, read on to find out….

The story is narrated by a ten year old headstrong girl Scout who constructs a sweet affectionate portrait in the tired old town Maycomb – Alabama.

The story begins in the flashback where Scout spends her time playing with her older brother Jem and a friend Dill who comes every summer to his aunt’s house at Maycomb. Atticus Flinch is the father of the two, with their mother having died when Scout was at the tender age of two.
Boo Radley is the recluse of Maycomb who is rumored to have stabbed his father when he was a boy and since then staying in solitude inside his house.The story begins with the kids fascination for Boo, where Scout spends her time playing the Boo story with her older brother Jem &Dill.. Atticus issues his final warning to the kids not to torment Boo and believes that all people are to be given equal respect regardless of their caste race or strange behavior.
Atticus is supposed to be representing Tom Robinson a “nigger”(no racial remarks intended..) who is falsely accused to have raped a white girl Mayella.. Mayella asks Tom to lift a box down from atop a high dresser. Tom notices that, oddly . As he does so, Mayella grabs him around his legs. Tom steps down and faces Mayella. Scared and confused, Tom tries to push himself away from Mayella without hurting her. Bob Ewell catches the two of them together in his living room and proceeds to yell and beat up his sick daughter for doin so .Inspite of all this the final verdict they get to hear is “guilty”. Atticus discusses the finer details of the case with the children. Atticus wants his kids to face the ignorances and prejudices of the society and learn to use their minds ,rely on their strength of character.
Tom Robinson is shot and killed by guards as while trying to escape Enfield Prison.Fed up with all the trials and the harsh comments of the neighbours Scout finds solace in an editorial written by B.B. Underwood in The Maycomb Tribune. “Mr. Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, by they standing, sitting, or escaping. He related Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of mockingbirds by hunters.
Scout looks forward to the halloween day of the year and is pretty excited about it.After the closing of the day’s festival Jem escorts Scout to their house at night. At a certain moment Jem hears some footsteps following him. Suddenly a man attacks Jem and Scout runs in panic. Scout suddenly sees someone else intervening and carrying Jem.Back home Jem is seen with a broken hand.A face in the room looks familiar to Scout and she recollects that he was the same person who saved Jem and carried him home which turns out to be Boo Radley himself. The plot further thickens with the death of Ewell, found dead with a knife in his chest. With suspicion in the air, the story ends with a nail biting finish when readers are made to realize the symbolism of the “mockingbird”.

One novel worth reading,Lee beautifully circumscribes the human values of bravery education and prejudices. The natural introduction of various characters provides a deep insight into the broad spectrum of hypocrisies of elders, the usual stereotypes whom children find it difficult to understand.

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3 Responses to To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

  1. Anonymous says:

    it is indeed a must read book

  2. Anonymous says:

    great work

  3. aniruddh says:

    why does everybody always comment on this book?? are there no others? even on websites the first thing that crops up is this book’s review!!

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