To kill a Mockingbird is one of those books that almost everyone reads at some point in their lives. Whether you’ve been forced to read it at school, or you’ve had a look because everyone’s been urging you to, most people have their own personal experience of reading Mockingbird.
The novel is about two children, Jem and Scout Finch, living in a fictional southern U.S town, Maycomb, trying to understand the world, through their principal father Atticus Finch and the events that affect them and their neighbourhood. The town is steeped in racial and other prejudices. Atticus is a lawyer while most of the neighbourhood is made of farmers. All is well till Atticus takes up a case to defend an innocent, black man-Tom Robinson, who has been falsely accused of raping a white girl.
Much to the children’s surprise and shock, they along with their father, are forced to face sudden hostility from their neighbours and friends as their father solely tries to defend a black man. Whether their father wins or loses the case, regains the good opinion of the town, and what the children learn from the events and the repercussions form the rest of the story.
Scout Finch is one such child trying to understand events, the experiences and the prejudices mainly about Arthur Boo Radley who is accused of raping a white girl. It makes us question our own set of beliefs and prejudices we carry in our minds and rethink and reflect on them.
‘To Kill a Mockingbird will never stop being a good book, and it will never stop inspiring good people’.