To kill a mockingbird has always been described as a timeless classic and I have always wanted to get my hands on a copy. Initially the first section of the book is just about the character introduction and the background setting of the era but the heart of the book outlines the racial discrimination in the segregated American south black and white population. As the book progresses, and the characters turn deeper, they leave a vivid impact on the reader, we tend to realize that even though the world we live in is a cynical and pessimistic one, a person must always try and do the right thing even if the consequences are never usually right. Although, the plot discusses a range of characters whether black or white, their decisions and their actions are comprehended as grey even through the eyes of a 6 year old.
The main protagonist of the book is a 6 year old girl, Scout, a tomboy who grows up in the fields of a small town in Alabama and her father, Finch a highly reputed lawyer who takes on a case of a black man accused of raping a white woman. Of course, this book was published nearly 50 years ago, however, it still remains appropriate in today’s day and age because of the world filled with contempt and corruption that is a suggestive description of the human inclination towards truth and simultaneous disgust for it. “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” Atticus Finch, tells his children in the book; here Lee uses the mockingbird as a symbol for innocence where we naturally assume the black man is the innocent one who doesn’t stand a chance with the judicial system back in the 30’s.
The best part of the book is naturally Harper’s narration, told from the view point of a 6 year old girl, the book is plain and simple – very truthful and deals with multiple themes. It is funny to see the world through the eyes of kids and their pungent desire to explore, the book deals with the coming of age for Scout and her brother as well as more serious issues such as racial injustice, social classes within blacks and whites as well as killing of innocence.
All in all, rarely has literature been this perfect