Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Classics Club - To Kill A Mockingbird

So, last month, I started reading books for the Classics Club, a group of people dedicated to reading classics over a period of five years.  I started off my reading with one of the best books ever written (in my not so humble opinion): To Kill A Mockingbird.

Words cannot even begin to describe how much I love this book!  I think Harper Lee is just such a fantastic author!  So, in case you've never read To Kill A Mockingbird before, let me give you a little run down.

Characters You Need To Know:
*Boo Radley
*Tom Robinson
*Miss Maude
*Robert E. Lee Ewell
*Mayella Ewell

Now, obviously, there are other characters that are important to the story, but these are the characters that are "most important."

Jem and Scout are Atticus Finch's children.  Their family lives in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama.  During the summer, Dill comes to stay with his aunt and spends a lot of time playing with Jem and Scout.  After a while, the boys go through a phase where they just want Scout to leave them alone.  After all, they're boys and she's a girl!

One of my favorite parts of the book is when Boo would leave little things in the tree for Scout and Jem.  He turned out to be a pretty alright guy!

The biggest plot point is obviously Atticus defending Tom Robinson.  Bob Lewell accuses Tom of raping Mayella Ewell.  Since this takes place in the south in the 1930's, and Tom is black, everyone just assumes he's guilty.  However, Atticus firmly believes in Tom's innocence and works hard to defend him.

Throughout the book, Jem and Scout learn how to read, learn how to respect Boo Radley and learn that the color of people's skin is no reason to treat them like crap. 

I love the language in this book.  I love how Harper Lee paints an amazing picture of respect and love for all people.  That's the best part of this book, because, really, love is awesome!  So, if you have never read this book, well: What on Earth are you waiting for!

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