The ways of the world often baffle us. As adults however, we often compromise and agree with the general opinion in order to maintain harmony. Children though, are free from such restrictions.
Picturing Alabama in the 1930s, To Kill A Mockingbird is a beautiful story seen through the eyes of young Scout Finch. Her elder brother, Jem Finch and Dill, their friend are her partners in crime. The gangs’ wild imagination and antics make one reminisce their own childhood escapades. The children, fascinated with Boo Radley, the neighbourhood recluse think of ingenious ways to catch a glimpse of him, resulting in hilarious outcomes. As often as they fill the reader with nostalgia and make them laugh out loud, they also stun them with their keen understanding of situations , sometimes even better than the so-called adults.
The Pulitzer Prize winning novel, deals with the sensitive issue of racism and rape. A black man is charged with the rape of a white girl and Atticus Finch ( Scout’s father ) has to defend him.
Atticus, an educated man, who is much ahead of his time and blessed with progressive thinking has a certain charm and quiet grit that will make you root for his case. He is not a typical hero, but one who will inspire you in many ways. It is his strength of character, the courage to fight for what is right and to stand up against acceptable norms is what makes him so memorable.
Apart from attacking the absolutely meaningless but prevalent idea of racism, the book also teaches a thing or two about parenting.
Since the story unravels under the unbiased view of a child it has a special kind of authenticity and innocence.