Hello after another long stretch of not posting. I am now in my senior year of college and the job searching has commenced, along with everything else that comes in the last three months of college. Anyway, on with today’s post.

 

Today I’m going to review the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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For anyone who does not know the premise of the book, To Kill A Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb County back in the 1930s. Told from the perspective of precocious six-year-old Scout Finch, the story documents three years of her life. During this time, she learns important lessons through her interaction with townspeople, relationship with her family, witnessing a pivotal trial involving racism and her ongoing fascination with a mysterious neighbor.

 

The last time I read this book was in my freshmen english class. Back then, I was 13-going-on-14-year-old with braces, navigating my first year of public school in a long while. At the time, I viewed reading the book as an assignment, as we had to read a certain amount of pages every night and answer questions pertaining to the chapters. I did find it a good illustration of discrimination and a great glimpse into history, but soon forgot about the story as we moved onto our next book assignment.

 

Fast forward seven years, and re-reading this book was a different experience. I had the chance to read it at my own pace, which I definitely found more enjoyable. Having more time to read it, I was able to analyze certain issues more in depth and understand them better. These included the historical aspects, such as the effect of the Great Depression and the presence of racism at the time.

 

One theme of the book that I found relatable back in 2006 and still do today comes with the relationship between Scout and her brother Jem. In the first part of the novel, the two of them are constantly playing together. However, as the story progresses, Scout finds herself growing more and more distant from her older brother. In my opinion, this element is easily relatable to anyone who has a sibling, as there is definitely a difference in your relationship when you’re younger compared to when you’re older, and life has brought you separate ways.

 

I find it interesting that Harper Lee never wrote another book after this one. Her writing technique is flawless, as she uses just the right combination of elements to transport the reader back in time to Maycomb County. However, I remember learning how this book is somewhat autobiographical, as Lee herself grew up in the South and the characters and events resemble many events that occurred in her life.

 

I have always liked it when authors incorporate elements from their life into the books they write, as this does a better job of capturing the realistic emotions and thoughts. This as opposed to writing about something they have not personally experienced.

 

 

I definitely recommend reading this novel, as it’s a great piece of literature that not only contains relatable themes, but important history lessons as well.