To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Published in 1960, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has become a perennial classic about childhood innocence and a coming of age story. A harrowing tale of racial inequality and its effect on Maycomb, Alabama, especially Scout and Jem Finch, the children of Atticus Finch, the man who is assigned to represent Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman. Jem and Scout are ostracized and teased by their peers because their father is defending a black man, forcing both of them, especially Scout to learn about what really defines bravery.

Scout Finch is Atticus Finch’s curious daughter. She’s a tom boy, doesn’t like being told what to do, is a little naughty, and always asking “why?”Jem Finch is Scout’s older brother by four years. He thinks he knows everything and tries to educate Scout as much as he can, but he and Scout have a lot to learn when it comes social and racial injustice– and the best man to teach them is their father, Atticus Finch.

Atticus Finch is the protagonist of this story and arguably one of the most empathetic and honorable men in history–even though he’s a literary character.

Written from a much older Scout, who is looking back at this eventful episode in her life, the reader is given the perfect 20/20 hindsight into Scout’s childhood experiences. While a little slow in the beginning, Harper Lee tastefully illustrates a discriminating and racist town and the few people who know what “real courage” is.

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Movie
Directed by Robert Mulligan, the 1962 movie adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel starred Mary Badham as Scout Finch and Gregory Peck as the ultimate american hero, standing up for racial and social equality. A very faithful and beautiful counterpart to To Kill a Mockingbird’s lasting impression on American literature.

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