Few novels can wholly charm its readers as easily as Harper Lee’s one and only novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Additionally, even fewer American debut novels exist that have revolutionized and influenced our country. Moreover, less debut novels exist that have won almost every coveted prize for literary fiction and achieved a mass level of favorable recognition and exemplarity. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. Moreover, on November 5, 2007, former President George W. Bush awarded Harper Lee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for being “a gift to the entire world”. Furthermore, because it is playful book with a serious theme, To Kill a Mockingbird has achieved high praise and favoritism.
The premise of the novel centers on the children of a widower/lawyer and their friend, as they become aware of the existences of the social injustices and racism toward the black community. Scout, Jem, and Dill, unknowingly, open the eyes of a small Alabama neighborhood to the injustices being committed to the black community, due to the prejudices of the white community.
Harper Lee’s prose is impeccable, her descriptions and dialogue—that has a Southern flare—simple yet precise and concise. Her characters, especially Scout Finch, are charming and endearing, lovable from beginning to end. Harper Lee uses wit to deal with the somber themes—racism, rape, courage, the coming of age, friendship, family devotion, the loss of innocence, and love. Harper Lee touches the heart of every reader with To Kill a Mockingbird, teaching us why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.
I was actually planning on reading it, and then I couldn't decide- afraid to get myself stuck two hundred pages into a snore-fest, so I pushed it off...
do you think I shold get it, though? (I"m a teenage female, and I do enjoy historical fiction)
Uh, YEAH! Totally read this novel. The reason this novel receives so much attention and hype is that it's one of the few novels that is worth reading. I didn't think it would be that but it actually lives up to its name. So do it! And then tell me if you like it, hate it, or love it. Please do so.
'kaaay, kaay, if you insist!
I do insist. :)