“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
“To kill a mockingbird” is an amazing story which captures a fragment of author’s childhood, pointing on some sensitive and dramatic aspects of American society at the beginning of 20th century. . The subject of the book is mainly focused on discrimination, inequality, injustice as a cause and effect of human behavior.
The novel carries the reader in a sleepy, remote town of Alabama, depicting through a child’s eyes the reality of those times – a society ruled by biases, lacking the tolerance and empathy. And, because all these aspects are approached by a little girl named Scout, the abyss between the cruelty of adults and kindness of children becomes even wider.
The simple and wise questions of kids make everybody to recognize how thin the line between good and bad is.
“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?” Jem Finch
“Jem, how can you hate Hitler so bad an’ then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home?” Scout Finch
The novel is especially interesting due to narration style which presents some really tough issues in an innocent and simple way, thus making easier to digest the resentments that spring while reading about those mindless injustices.
“To kill a mockingbird” is a stoning story that reminds us that we, human beings, are all equal and have the same rights to live, to dream, to act, and for a better society we definitely must learn to perceive this world through children’s eyes.
“They’ve done it before and they’ll do it again and when they do it — seems that only the children weep.” Atticus Finch