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To Kill a Mockingbird

Updated on October 17, 2013

When I was in the eighth grade, my teacher, Mr. Green had us read the book, "To Kill a Mockingbird". I had no idea when I began this book that it would turn out to be one of the best books I'd ever read. In fact, when I homeschooled my two daughters, I had them read this book, as well. While addressing such serious issues as social status, morals, and race, the book also focuses on courage, kindness, and innocence, and it does so, in part, with a sense of humor.

The story takes place in the deep South in a small Alabama town during the times of the Great Depression around the 1930's - 1940's. It focuses on the family of Atticus Finch, a widowed father and lawyer. The story is basically told by his six-year old daughter, Jean Louise, or better known as "Scout". She begins the story talking about her older brother, Jem. She talks about their childhood summers spent with a little neighbor boy named Dill. The three children spend many adventurous hours together, and much of that time is spent in curiosity over their neighbor, Boo Radley. Boo is a mystery to the children, and due to the gossip of the townspeople, he has basically become the "boogie man" to them. So when the children begin to find little gifts in the trunk of a tree, their curiosity becomes even stronger.

Aside from the children's fascination with Boo Radley, the story centers around Atticus as he defends a black man named Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a poor, white girl. The girl's father, Bob Ewell, is the town drunk, and he makes trouble for Atticus. However, despite the townspeople's disapproval and Bob Ewell's threats, Atticus continues in his defense of Tom. Although Atticus proves that Tom is innocent and that the Ewells are lying, the jury still finds Tom guilty. Unable to deal with the results, Tom tries to escape and is killed.

At the end of the book, Bob Ewell makes good on his threats and attacks Atticus' children as they walk home from a school play. Jem is badly hurt, but he and Scout are rescued by a mysterious stranger, and Bob Ewell is killed. It's then that Scout finds out who the real Boo Radley is.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" was written by Ms. Harper Lee, and it was published in 1960. It has won the Pulitzer Prize, and it is an American classic. The book was made into a movie in 1962, and it starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Robert Duvall as Boo Radley. It is said that the book was based loosely on the study of Ms. Harper's own family and neighbors.

If you have never read this book or watched the movie, I strongly urge you to do so. It is truly a book that you will never forget.

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      CharMarie 3 years ago

      @notsuperstitious1: I love this book! And I watch the movie when I see it on! Gregory Peck is awesome!

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      CharMarie 3 years ago

      @Merrci: Thank you! Hope you enjoy the book again! :)

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      CharMarie 3 years ago

      @grrbtn: Thank you! I feel it is a classic, too, and I believe every generation should read it.

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      CharMarie 3 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      CharMarie 3 years ago

      @tonyleather: Thank you for the visit!

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      CharMarie 3 years ago

      @nonya222: Thank you for visiting!

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      nonya222 3 years ago

      This is a book that taught me social conscience. Fantastic book.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Brilliant book!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      As I was reading your review, I remember reading this book before, but if I can find time I will read it again.Great review.

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      grrbtn 3 years ago

      I read this book a few years ago and still remember it well. It is one of the classics that you need to read. A great review of the book, well done

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It's been so long. I want to read it again. Well done review.

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      Edith Rose 3 years ago from Canada

      Very good book. I first read this book in 1963 after the movie came out. I have since read the book again and also watched the movie again.

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      CharMarie 3 years ago

      @kerbev: I totally agree with you! Thank you so much for visiting me! :)

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      kab 3 years ago from Upstate, NY

      It's a true classic!