Really? That was the one book I loved from last year in school. It is definitely better than the black and white movie though. I loved Atticus too, he was my favorite character of TKAM.
I LOVED To Kill a Mockingbird. Actually, my cat is named after the book.
I had to read way worse books than that in school, so it was refreshing and lovely. Jane Eyre made me want to hit my head against a wall.
The thing about To Kill a Mockingbird is that it is written in a way that is to purposely confuse you. The author wanted you to feel the same way as the main character so that you would evolve with the sotry like she did.
Also, i saw a post about too many story lines. The book doesn't have too many story lines. That would make it different stories. It is all one story line, the plot might seem confusing but you have to think deeper into it. I've foud that most people don't like to do that anymore because it is too much work, so they put off great works of literature because they are too lazy to try and understand it.
To Kill A Mockingbird was a book written by Harper Lee to send a message to the people that lived in her hometown. Also, it was written to teach children about prejudice and such, which it why it got an award and lots of teachers read it with their classes.
Personally, I liked the book(though I haven't finished it yet). Though one of the reasons being that one of my writing characters names is Scout. It wasn't written to confuse you, that I know for sure. Read it again in 10 years, it will be better and make much more sense.
I actually really loved that book... o_O
It's a great book. Everything in that book is meant to teach you something. The reason why you read it in highschool is because its wordy. Teachers expect you to be able to read things like TKAM now. And personally I'd rather read this then romeo and juliet. The worlds stupidest love story. Why dont you just commit suicide over the fact that you ran out of cheesepuffs? way more reasonable then over a guy you've known a week. Just sayin...
Well, this is going to sound really patronizing, but it's possible that those of you who didn't like it just didn't understand it. People will look differently at books with lots of layers and hidden meanings. In a certain novel, you may get stuck on the obvious bit just because it's not your kind of book. To kill a mockingbird is beautiful because of the way it delves into the mind of a child, and this is a really unusual way of looking at the prejudice and racism that the book looks at. It shouldn't be the sort of book you study at school, as I can imagine it would become dull. It's a slow moving book, and having to analyse individual bits of it would be difficult and, I suppose, tedious. But maybe try reading it in a few years time, with a fresh mind?
I agree that Romeo and Juliet is a bit silly, but first of all, a lot of people think it was written as a satire, and second of all, there are some really interesting and beautiful ideas in it. In a way, it really explains the reasons and meaning behind teenage crime and suicide, whilst also demonstrating the over dramatic passion of teenagehood.