This novel is an amazing piece of literature. It’s the kind of novel that demands the attention of the reader, and doesn’t let go. It’s powerful, but a very grim look at how people were back then. This novel is about what life was like in The Deep South, in 1936, when african americans were treated horribly. Specifically, this novel is about a black man, Tom Robinson, who is accused of a horrific crime, and no one can prove that he did, but still, he is prosecuted unjustly, because of the color of his skin. A lawyer, Atticus Finch, is appointed as his lawyer. The town disproves strongly of Atticus, because he says he will do the best of his abilities to defend Tom.
While this novel is a sad, hard book to digest, I do strongly recommend it. It’s important to know what black people had to face in the early 1900’s. This novel is told in a young girl’s view. Scout is Atticus Finch’s daughter, and she’s not like any character I’ve come across. Even though she’s six years old, she understand why the townspeople dislike what her father is doing, and she even gets bullied about it. She makes the novel funny at times with her bright personality and humor.
The plot and characters are loosely based on Harper Lee’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. She also wrote another novel, Go Set a Watchman, that takes place many years after To Kill a MockingBird. She actually wrote Go Set a Watchman before she wrote To Kill a Mocking bird. I haven’t read Go Set a Watchman yet, but when I do, I’ll make sure to write a review of it, because this novel is a tour de force. It is sad, but there’s a reason why it won the Pulitzer Prize. It’s a very remarkable piece of literature.