I know I saw the movie and remember reading the book a very long time ago. Re reading this book again on this 50th anniversary led me to think more about what was in To Kill A Mockingbird stood out to me.
First I recognized that the story was told by Jean Louise (Scout) as a child. But as I read on I realized some of the 50 cent words written made me think was she older telling this story? Or was Scout that advanced because of the care of reading that her father gave her? Remembering Scout was upset because her teacher would not let her go forward in her reading. Telling her that Atticus should not be teaching her. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
Myself I taught my kids to appreciate that they can read. But until they realized it themselves that their dreams and books are connected. That's when it turned around for them.
Always heard the quote “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Re reading I feel what was said says it all. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Connects the actions with Tom Roberson, Bob Ewell, and of course Boo Radley. "Hey Boo"
I feel that the lesson in this story was innocent enough. And there was hope that people would take something away from this. The movie version leaves a lot out of course but these characters of Scout& Jem Finch, Atticus and his sister Alexender Finch, Dill, Bob Ewell and sister Mayella, Calpurnia, and of course Arthur (Boo) Radley will always stay with me.
Even though today there is always strive for non judgement and peace. It will always be a struggle.
I give To Kill A Mockingbird 5
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