To Kill a Mockingbird Book (Summary - Book Review - Online Reading - PDF - Download - Book Order)


Author Harper Lee
Country United States
Language English
Genre Southern Gothic, Bildungsroman
Published July 11, 1960
Publisher J. B. Lippincott & Co.
Pages 281

Summary: Like a Southern Gothic novel and a Bildungsroman, the main themes of To Kill a Mockingbird imply racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. Scholars have noted that Lee also addresses issues of class, courage and compassion, and gender roles in the deep South American. The story takes place during the three years of the Great Depression in the fictional "old and tired town" of Maycomb, Alabama. The narrator, Scout Finch, six years old, lives with his older brother Jem and his widowed father Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer. Killing a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. He was immediately successful, won the Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and the characters are based loosely on Lee's observations about his family, his neighbors and an event that occurred near his hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The story is told by six-year-old Jean Louise Finch. The novel is famous for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious problems of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero to many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic explains the impact of the novel by writing: "In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most read book about race in the United States, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism."Like a Southern Gothic novel and a Bildungsroman, the main themes of To Kill a Mockingbird imply racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. Scholars have noted that Lee also addresses issues of class, courage, compassion and gender roles in the deep South American. The book is widely taught in schools in the United States with lessons that emphasize tolerance and discredit prejudice. Despite its themes, To Kill a Mockingbird has been targeted for elimination from public classrooms often challenged by its use of racial epithets. The reaction to the novel varied widely after publication. Despite the number of copies sold and their widespread use in education, literary analysis is scarce. The author Mary McDonough Murphy, who compiled the individual impressions of To Kill to Mockingbird of several authors and public figures, calls the book "a surprising phenomenon". In 2006, British librarians classified the book ahead of the Bible as one "all adults should read before they die." It was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 1962 by director Robert Mulligan, with a script by Horton Foote. Since 1990, a play based on the novel has been held annually in the hometown of Harper Lee. Killing a Mockingbird was Lee's only published book until Go Set a Watchman, an earlier draft of To Kill a Mockingbird, was published on July 14, 2015. Lee continued to respond to the impact of his work until his death in February. 2016, although he had rejected any personal advertising for her or the novel since 1964.

"When I was almost thirteen years old, my brother Jem broke his arm by the elbow ... When enough years passed so that we could remember them, sometimes we discussed the events that led to his accident. But Jem, who was four years older than me, said it started much earlier than that, He said it started the summer that Dill came to us, when Dill gave us the idea to get Boo Radley out. "

Located in the small southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of Scout Finch, his brother Jem, and his father, Atticus, aged 8, three years marked by the arrest and possible trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Although her story explores great themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a hard and tender novel of race, class, justice and the pain of growing up.

Like the slow occupants of his fictional city, Lee takes his time to get to the heart of his story; We met for the first time with the Finches the summer before the first year of Scouting at school. She, her brother, and Dill Harris, a boy who spends summers with his aunt in Maycomb, while they spend hours representing Dracula scenes and plotting ways to get a look at the town's coachman, Boo Radley. At first, the circumstances surrounding the alleged rape of Mayella Ewell, the daughter of a drunken and violent white farmer, barely penetrate the conscience of children. Then Atticus is called to defend the accused, Tom Robinson, and soon Scout and Jem find themselves trapped in events that are beyond their comprehension. During the trial, the city exhibits its ugly side, but Lee also offers a lot of counterweights: in the struggle of an old woman to overcome her habit of morphine before dying; in the heroism of Atticus Finch, defend what you know is right; and, finally, in the understanding gained by Scout that most people are essentially kind "when you really see them". Fun, wise and heartbreaking, To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic that continues to speak to new generations and deserves to be reread often.

About the Author
Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She is the author of the acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, which became a phenomenal best-seller of the # 1 New York Times when it was published in July 2015. Ms. Lee received the Pulitzer Prize, the Medal Presidential Freedom, and many other literary awards and honors. She died on February 19, 2016.

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