As our next assignment, Nisrene is having us write a blog post about To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee. I think she chose this book for us because it has a lot of important topics that we should learn more about, such as rape, racism, and poverty. These are important topics because they are all things people encounter in the world every day.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a story about a small town called Maycomb. It is told by the main character, Scout Finch, a smart young girl. The Finch family includes Scout, Atticus (the dad), and Jem. She starts the book by talking about Jem, her older brother, who broke his arm. The whole book is about the events that led to it. That’s what hooks you. It’s the story of a trial, a man falsely accused, and the lessons Scout learns along the way. Tom Robinson is a farm worker that gets accused of rape and is sent to court for a trial. Tom’s lawyer is Atticus, a good and fair lawyer who isn’t racist at all. Even though there is clear evidence of Tom’s innocence, he is declared guilty of the crime and is later killed by a mob. Much later in the book, Scout and Jem get attacked a crazy man, Mr. Bob Ewell, the father of the “rape victim”. In a drunken rage, he attempts to stab Scout. In her defense, Jem tries to fight Mr. Ewell off. In the scuffle, SNAP, a scream, darkness.
One of the most important characters in the book was Bob Ewell. He was the one that started all this. Bob is a racist, middle-aged man who does not really like anyone at all. He’s also an alcoholic who absolutely hates Atticus because he defended Tom Robinson in the court case. Bob ends up breaking Jem’s arm, while trying to kill Scout, in an attempt to get back at Atticus. I would not want to meet him at all. I wouldn’t want to meet him for 3 reasons: 1) He would probably hate me since I’m half black. 2) He’s an awful and rude person. 3) I wouldn’t learn anything from the experience.
This is an amazing book. It’s full of great messages and has a very influential story. I would recommend this book to everyone. At first, it seems boring and slow, but it gets much better.
To Kill a Mockingbird is similar in many ways to the book The Book Thief. They are both about young female protagonists. Both young girl’s fathers are honest and kind to everyone. Not only do these characters act as father figures, but as teachers too. They help Scout and Liesel get through the hard times by teaching them life lessons. Another similarity is that both young girls are accepting of shunned peoples. For Liesel, it was the Jewish man they sheltered, and for Scout it was Tom Robinson, and Calpurnia, the housemaid, who was more of a mother to her than a housekeeper.
I think the main idea of the book is that it is a sin to “kill a mockingbird”. It is a sin because they mean no harm and all they ever do is sing. In other words, picking on helpless, harmless people is a terrible thing and you should never do it.