To Kill a Mockingbird

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, “To Kill a Mockingbird” deserved this prestigious award as it is a phenomenal read.  If it were possible, I’d give it six out of five stars for its relatable characters and wise storytelling.

It’s a story, told through the eyes of a little girl, of a small southern town divided by race and spurred to answer some deeply ethical questions as a black man is falsely accused of rape by a white woman out to clear her name.  It’s a story that delves the reader into the depths of human behavior.  The story is protected from the pits of cynicism as Atticus, the small girl’s father shows us what grace and courage lived out really looks like.  He teaches his daughter the importance of putting oneself in the other’s shoes:

Atticus Finch: “If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

 

In one of my favorite passages, Atticus teaches his kids about courage:

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.  You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

Atticus’ grace towards the evil and the good in each character has something to teach us all.  He’s the kind of hero worth reading about.  You won’t be disappointed by Harper Lee’s amazing story.

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