To Kill A Mocking Bird By Harper Lee Review!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

To Kill A Mocking Bird (1960) by Harper Lee is an outstanding classic.

 

Set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama from 1933-1935, this book is told from the POV of the protagonist six-year-old Jean Louise Finch, better known as Scout. Here Scout lives with her older brother Jeremy, better known as Jem and her lawyer father Atticus. Scout and Jem get to know and become friends with a young boy Dill Harris who visits Maycomb with his aunt every summer. The character of Dill is based on fellow writer Truman Capote who was a friend of Lee’s from childhood after he moved in with his aunt in Alabama after his parents’ divorce.

This is an amazing book. It deals with so many important issues and Lee done this in 1960 which was very brave writing. She included racial injustice, class discrimination, gender issues, interracial relationships, lynching, living in a reclusive way, domestic abuse and neighbourhood harassment and bullying among other issues. It is extremely powerful. It is about compassion for other people, standing up for other people and putting yourself in the shoes of people from different backgrounds. Atticus is really an amazing father, very warm and loving and an excellent role model to his children. He teaches his two children to respect people from all backgrounds and you can tell that will help them become the best version they can be of themselves. There is quotes of his that stick in my head, “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.” Beautifully compassionate, really gorgeous quote. Another quote is “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” His advice shows that you need strength to do what you feel is right. Seeing Atticus being filled with both fear and courage but letting courage override his fear to do the right thing for his client Tom Robinson was brilliant. Tom Robinson is a very strong man to be putting up with everything that is happening. It is simply heartbreaking that this statement is so coldly true in the novel and in life, “Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed.”

Boo Radley is one of the Finch’s neighbours and I think Lee wrote the gossip and the negativity surrounding his story in the neighbourhood very well. I think she showed very well how gossip and reality are not the same thing here.

Scout is a brilliant character. She is compassion and she is tough. She thinks about things, she likes to do what is right by people and she has good people around her in her father and Calpurnia, the family’s cook and who is like a mother to Scout who are advising her in the right way to be kind to people and also stick up for herself. Scout has a very good heart and her relationships with her brother Jem and friend Dill, who are both cool as well, are lovely to read. She is a feminist and does not always stick to the traditional roles females are expected to take in society because they don’t suit us, they don’t make her happy and good on her.

I think this book is definitely written from the heart and that is why it is so amazing and authentic. I don’t think what Lee wrote here would be pleasing to a lot of people in 1960 or even today unfortunately. But she wrote her truth and in a life imitating art type of way, she showed huge compassion and courage to write this book. She dealt with intersectionality of issues like race, class and gender long before this intersectionality was much talked about. She showed to be different in some small way whatever that may be was ok as long as you weren’t hurting people and that’s an excellent message. This book has so much amazing writing about equality in it and it’s inspiring and brilliant to read. It’s also written amazingly with excellent characters and dialogue and has layer upon layer of the dynamics of life.

Amazing write. A must-read.

 

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Poem: Walk In Someone Else’s Shoes

A novel of worth,

A writer of genius,

You taught me that to understand

Someone you need to put yourself

In their shoes.

Your friendship with Truman Capote was so interesting,

And your close bond with your sister reminded me of me and my sister.

Harper Lee rest in peace

And thank you for inspiring authors worldwide.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies. May He Rest In Peace.

Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman

Today I was very sad to hear about the death of an actor who I love, Philip Seymour Hoffman. I remember the first time I seen him act as Truman Capote in Capote. It was a revelation. I hadn’t been aware of Truman Capote before and it was through the actor’s protrayal that I developed an interest in Capote’s life and work. Seymour Hoffman played the role very human and realistic. It was clear that he had done a lot of research in order to play the part in a way that was realistic of the personality and the life of Truman Capote. There has been another adaptation of Truman Capote’s life which was also well acted with Toby Jones in the role of Capote but it didn’t show the depth of Capote that Seymour Hoffman’s performance did. When you read about Truman Capote’s life yes there was the parties and the muses but he also had other sides to him. A loving relationship with Jack Dempsey, a very close friendship with Harper Lee, a steely determination to succeed, a warmness and a complexity and it was through Seymour Hoffman’s performance that these areas of Capote’s life came to the big screen in a film which was a major success and won the actor a deserved Oscar win.

The 46-year-old actor was found dead reportedly in an apartment in Greenwich Village in Manhattan by a friend who was a screenwriter. The apartment is understood to be owned by the star and is three streets from the home he cohabited in with his girlfriend Mimi O’ Donnell. The couple were together for 15 years after meeting on the 1999 play In Arabia We’d All Be Kings. Hoffman directed the play. They had a son Cooper in 2003, a daughter Tallulah in 2006 and another daughter Willa in 2008.

He has in the past been treated for addiction to pills and friends last night said that they felt that the actor had returned to drugs after been clean of drink and drugs since he was 23.

Tributes poured in for the actor following his untimely death.

Naomie Harris said: “That’s a huge loss for everyone. He was an extraordinary and intelligent man, so it’s incredibly sad.”

Jennifer Lawrence said: “Such an incredible actor. You played an excellent Plutarch. So sad.”

John Hurt said it was his death was a”devastating loss” and added,

“He was a great actor, a great member of thr film and theatre community. An extraordinary talent, directorially as well as an actor, he’ll be greatly missed. His contribution was massive.”

Ricky Gervais said: “One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny and humble man.”

Courtney Love said: Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I’m feeling about the loss of an acting genius and friend.”

Further acting credits included Almost Famous, Magnolia, Cold Mountain, Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War and The Big Lebowski. He was recently shooting the next part of the Hunger Games saga – Mockingjay: Part 2.

My condolences and prayers are with all his loved ones at this sad time especially his girlfriend and children.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, may you rest in peace.