To Kill a Mockingbird Book Response Essay
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To Kill a Mockingbird is one the most enduring stories to be told. One of the reasons for its appeal is that it brings to light social issues that remain as relevant to day as they have been when Harper Lee (1988) wrote it. One of the most interesting facets of the story is that it is told from the perspective of a child that challenges adult readers claim to maturity and wisdom.
The summation of Tom’s case is expresses the tragedy of the story: “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.” (pp. 244-245). This realization is the realization that the trial revealed that despite the illustration of Maycomb, Alabama as a sleepy, tired town, there were significant social conflicts just beneath its social façade.
As a classroom material, the book’s coming of age style allows younger readers to relate effectively with the story. Since the setting maybe alien to students, there should effort to explain the social relevance of the issues and its possible application today. There should be emphasis that Lee goes beyond race as a tool of discrimination and seeks to address censure for differences with mainstream society.
Lee’s work is an inspiration to other writers in engaging their audience. The presentation of various perspectives on the issue without changing the voice of the story also allows readers to easily place themselves in not just the narrator’s shoes but keep touch with their own. After reading the book, one has the realization of the power of discrimination and social exclusion. Moreover, that regardless of how enlightened or placid people are, these issues always cause significant rift and conflict in the community.
Lee, Harper (1988). To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Grand Central Publishing
Lee, Harper (2008). To Kill a Mockingbird. Book Rags. Retrieved on February 20, 2008, from http://www.bookrags.com/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird