5 months later, I’m finally done. All 306 pages.
This Bildungsroman is a novel story about the world of prejudice through the eyes of 6 year old Scout Finch. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, a black man is accused of raping a white woman and is put on trial before the judges of court and society.
I saw the book split into 2 sections; the first part focused on the innocence of two children as they observed the world around them, ignorant of it’s evil.
The second part is how the children are exposed to mankind’s capacity to be corrupt and have to learn to amalgamate it into their world; or at least their current understanding of it.
The book speaks volumes on the reality of bigots who, although educated, refuse to be entangled in equality.
The mockingbird itself is symbolic in so many ways. The father, Atticus, tells his children it is a sin to kill a mockingbird because it is innocent, only lending its voice to create music for us to hear. And how it relates to us today, when we murder the character of the innocent simply by their economic status, skin colour or geographical alliance.
Albeit, we are now more united than we have ever been in the history of mankind since the tower of Babel. Yet stereotypes have driven a wedge between so many simply because it’s easier to be with the birds of a feather than to join another flock.
Scariest part: The lynching.
Final Verdict: Dayum. No wonder this book won the Pulitzer.
My favourite quotes:
1) Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win. Atticus p84
Why not 5? Well, if it was a 5 I wouldn’t have taken 5 months to read it now, would I?
Read SparkNotes Analysis on this book.
On a side note: Getting muskin tape torn from my eyes stung. I lost a few lashes but ironically, it literally and metaphorically opened my eyes to the reality I had refused to acknowledge. I am so sober now. Praying for clarity comes in strange ways.
Thinking of: Slick Dogg and Coco Pops, Harry Connick Jr.’s Your Song, We are in the Crowd’s Kiss Me Again and Maya’s The Case of the Ex.