Title: To Kill A Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆
My prime motive of reading To Kill A Mockingbird again was to add something worthwhile to the existing hidden somewhere between the lines. The story was set in Maycomb, a rural area where people were deeply rooted in primitive ideologies who would never favor a Black man over White. So, when a court case came up accusing a Black man, only Atticus was entrusted upon to look beyond the rudimentary beliefs and fight for justice. I remember reading this text before and going gaga over Atticus Finch, who was brave enough to fight a lost battle. He stood for his belief and instilled his children with the courage to hold their heads high even in dire circumstances imprinting them with truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He is one the rarest characters who had shed light upon the fact that there might not always be a happily ever after. However, it is always worth a try.
Apart from Atticus, I was intrigued by Arthur Radley who was seldom seen in the company of others and remained indoors. He was referred to as a lunatic who was capable of killing people at the slightest provocation. Jem, Scout, and Dill even trespassed the Radley Place in a vain attempt at uncovering this mystery. It was only much later that Jem realized that may be Radley doesn’t come out of the house because he doesn’t want to. A sense of acceptance struck him as he was finally able to comprehend if not approve of the choices Radley made.
Quickly let me also talk about Jem and Scout Finch. The story is a narrative account of a young girl who was indifferent to her peers and was always reminded of the fact that she should behave like “ladies”. The innocence of the relationship between Jem and Scout is beautifully described by Harper Lee as she touched upon the importance of siblings who dwelled together in happiness and despair.
Harper Lee has exhibited sheer brilliance through this book as I feel there is so much still left to discover which will only be unveiled with another re-read. In spite of minor irks which were strongly overshadowed by profound positivity this book is a definitively a must read.