• sujata chaudhury

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee and was published in 1960. The great thing about this novel is that it not only tells us a story but gives us a way of living. You can read hundreds of books in their lifetime but this one will surely be one of the books you keep coming back to. If you want to read a book that makes you laugh, cry, question but most importantly want to connect to, this is the one you should go for.


This book is set in the 1930s in a small town where the society is divided by race, prejudice and hypocrisy. The primary plot of the story is about a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Atticus Finch, a lawyer by profession and father of Scout and Jem Finch takes on the job to defend the black person. The lessons he gives his children throughout the novel are something to hold on to. The whole story is written from the perspective of a young girl Scout Finch and points out the irrationality of the society with a tinge of humor. Every person who reads this book connects to it in a different way that's why even after so many years of publishing, this book is still relatable. This book has so many pearls hidden that you can pick up some every time you go back to it.


One of the major things that I love about this book is its characters. Every character has their own story to tell. Each character gives something significant to the story and is unique. The character development of Scout and Jem has been done very well and is the heart of the story. Characters like Dill and Boo Radley give the storyline different dimensions. It will be very unfair if I only write about the storyline ignoring the literature of the book. The literature is beautiful and justifies the story. The writing seamlessly conveys the weight and mood of the various situations throughout the book to its readers.


It doesn't matter in which stage of life you are in right now, I recommend you to give this book a try because I believe between the pages of this book there is something for everyone.

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"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird"

~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

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