A Dose of Equality: To Kill a Mocking Bird

Just finished reading To kill a Mocking Bird ( This link is phenomenal) by Harper Lee .

This book is great! It’s a story that preludes the civil rights movement as told by a 7 year old girl ( Scout) in the span of 2 years of her life.

What I find so fascinating about the book is how the author was able to deliver the message about equality so well through the most innocent, children.

She is a genus. Think about it, to children everybody is equal, they see no handicap, no social classes ,no color, no ethnicity they just see people. It’s life and other people who taint that beautiful instinct children have.

Now couple this beautiful instinct with a parent who treats his children with respect and intelligence then you have the perfect combination. That parent is Atticus who throughout the book does not let evil defeat him, he keeps instilling the message of kindness to his children that they have to always meet evil with good no matter what.

This novel deals with all kinds of equality issues, poor to rich, handicapped to not, the crazy and the not so crazy, it even tackles the issue of addiction but the most prominent story is the equality between black and white.

The thing that struck me the  most is that Atticus acts exactly the same way everywhere, whether he is in his house, at the court or anywhere he goes, he is the exact same person wherever you see him. If people could only take that message from the book then that would be enough, imagine if all people are always the same to their  children, they don’t act all good and nice in front of other people then they are a beasts at home.

Just be the same person wherever you are.

I cannot urge you enough to go read this book, it’s full of wisdom in a very pure way.

I am glad I read it as an adult and parent because I got so much more out of it.

It is one of my all time favorites.

It’s hard tp pick a book after you read a great one. Maybe I will read “World Without End” by Ken Follet.


6 Responses

  1. Thanks for the review! Everyone whose read this book raves about it but I saw this movie and I’m always just not motivated to read a book after I’ve seen the movie. Just like with Revolutionary Road, I have the book sitting around but I’ve already seen the movie so I just don’t feel like reading it.

    I look forward to reading what you thought of the Ken Follet book if you do decide to read it. I’m definitely a fan of his after reading Pillars of the Earth!

    BTW did you know Khalid Hosseini (sp?) has a new book out now? I definitely need to read that!

  2. Thanks for the review 7aki 🙂 stories told from a child’s perspective are always amusing, remember Curious Incident?

    I will start reading a heart breaking book entitled “tell me why mommy” after I am done with Samarkand

  3. i bought this book recently but i still havent gotten around to reading it …

    but u said “to children everyone is equal” .. im not sure i agree with that statement

  4. mo: I hope you like it, it’s such a rich book.

  5. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows a child’s perspective on adult events. The novel suggests that adulthood is both a gain and a loss – and some of the abilities that disappear – like fairness, compassion, and a critical way of looking at the world – are well worth trying to keep. And that’s where the genius lies, I think. It’s the fact that our innocence gives way to harsh reality and truth and that we lose something precious along the way – our ability to believe in the good of other people. If you are looking for more insights into the themes that the book touches upon, you could check out Shmoop, which offers a smart, engaging analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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