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In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee we find ourselves in a sleepy Southern town and a crises of conscience. We find lots of different human behavior from innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.
I recommend this book to teenagers and adults.
I remember reading this book and watching the movie in High school and not understanding any of it. I did not like it and walked away very confused. This time when I read it I really loved it. I even watched the movie recently with my husband and we both enjoyed it.
One of my favorite quotes from this book was:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
I think this is why I love books so much because I literally do this every time I read a book I climb in and see their point of view I feel their skin turning into mine and I see things differently. Some would say this book is outdated and doesn’t have anything to teach us in these modern times. I have to disagree, you see the last three years I lived in Mexico. I have been in the States barely a week and the things I see on tv well it appears like our country is regressing. We all have different feelings on this, and we all are called to do different things and I think we all need to think about this quote, what our conscience tells us.
“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions…but before I can live with other folks I’e got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
As a country we are really good at stereotyping people and we need to be careful. No one wants to be treated that way. You never know if the grumpy, racist Mrs. Dubose is fighting her own monsters or if Ewell is in fact trying to protect the last bit of honor he has, or why Aunt Alexandra is advocating for what she is. We may not have the same things in common, and we may not agree with their life style but we need to take time and get into their skin and understand them and grant them a little leeway, yes we can still stand up for what is right, but we can also love them and love them the way Jesus wants us to.
I rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars.
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I wouldn't go as far to say that the book is obsolete. It was written some time ago, but I think the ideas in there are timeless- love, hate, racial issues, family, courage, justice, compassion, dignity, to name a few. The fact that we are still taught Shakespeare at school is not only because his language is beautiful (once you read it long enough), it is also because he touches on all the same universal themes that all humans deal with today. To Kill A Mockingbird is the same in that respect, and I think that ensures its place in literature.
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I found this book by chance. I was in a book shop and I saw the last book of Harper Lee "Go set a watchman" at the first places in the ranking of best-selling books; I became curious. Usually, I don't pay attention to the rankings of the shops because they don't match my taste, but this time was different. I was not attracted by the cover, I found it not very catching, but from the author's name. It was so cut and it made me remember something. So I checked the others books from the same author. I discovered that the story starts from "to kill a mockingbird"; when I saw the cover of this book I understood immediately why it sounds known. It was the favourite book of my grandmother; she was using to keep it near her bed and every night, before to go to bed she was reading it to my grandfather. I was completely forgot about it, so I decided that I had to read it to discover which was the power of this book.
I read it in one breath.
I love the way the story is telling. It's written like a fairy tale. The author used the young eyes of two charachters Scout and Jem Finch, to tell a story that unfolds on a deep-seated racial prejudice. It's amazing the figure of the father, he is a very life teacher. He doesn't use to do long chats with his children but he always acts to teach them what it's right and what it's wrong. His great teaching is: when all the people think different from you, but you know that they do it just because they are driven by prejudice, you have to stay on your path helping the others to understand and never give up just because it's easier stay with the bigger group.
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