To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is a classic novel that is often included in school curricula and widely studied for several reasons. It offers us a rich and thought-provoking experience and tackles important societal issues through a compelling narrative and well-drawn characters.
We loved reading this book and it stayed with us forever.
Here’s why you MUST consider reading this novel:
1. Atticus’s Wisdom:
This is indeed one of the main reasons you must pick this book and read it. Life is not an easy one to tackle. The reason the world is so highly misplaced is because we have no right guidance around us. Most of the people on the planet right now are mentally unhealed and traumatic, only because no one knows what to do, how to act or behave.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is kind of a practical book that you can refer to as quickly as you wish to.
The life guidance that came from ‘Atticus Finch’, the father of the narrator holds so much wisdom, you might feel you’re being guided as well.
Quotes such as,
“Do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ‘em get your goat? Try fighting with your head for a change…It’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.”
“In the name of God, do your duty.”
Quotes like these truly feel like real-life guidance. We are not told such things anymore.
2. Scout’s thought provoking questions:
Scout is another reason you must read the book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird”. She truly represents our questioning inner child. Yes we grew up and blah blah blah, but we are still the same soul as we were when we were born in this world. We observed and learned, but we were the same students sitting inside our respective bodies. Scout represents us. The way we question our reasons, our mind, is how Scout questioned her father all the time. While reading this book, it’ll feel like Scout is asking about things on your behalf, her questions are truly thought-provoking.
“How can you hate Hitler so bad and then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home?”
“An’ they chased him ‘n’ never could catch him ‘cause they didn’t know what he looked like, an’ Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadn’t done any of those things…Atticus, he was real nice…Most people are, Scout when you finally see them.”
We recommend you to read ‘Animal Farm‘ as well if you want to read more thought-provoking books.
3. Society and its limitations:
Have you ever wondered what is that factory that manufactures pain for human beings? It is ‘Society’. We blame it on people, but it is not people who inflict pain but the society as a collective. No human being alone has the power to disturb anyone, it is how those humans come together in a group and become powerful enough to inflict pain on everyone.
Society also provides us with a lot of good things as well like, a community, comfort in hard times, love and so much more.
Watch the series ‘When Calls the Heart’ on Netflix where you’ll see so many pros of being in a society.
The problem is not society, the problem is the quality of that society. A society of good, understanding, and cooperative humans can make this world a beautiful place, and a society with greedy, jealous, and mean people can make this world a mess, which is the case right now.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” puts light upon the hypocrisy of a society that plays a key role in making or destroying the world and its humans how it kills a sense of judgment of any human being, and how it overpowers the collective.
This is essential to know since you’re part of the society and you must know how, subtly, you become a part of a certain society that can kill or build morale for all human beings.
A quote to support the fact:
“Cry about the simple hell people give other people – without even thinking.”
4. Understanding of the real Courage:
If we all had enough courage, the world would have been different.
Atticus’s courage in standing for his beliefs when the entire world around him went against him, is something we should all learn from. His reasonings will give you enough push to follow in his footsteps.
Yes, we all want to do right and be good and kind, but can we do that all the time? It is an act of courage to walk the right path and very often we divert from it because of how evil lures us with immediate satisfaction, immediate release from pain.
If you read “To Kill a Mockingbird”, you’ll want to keep referring to it back for inspiration. You will know how the act of courage is only the act of brave ones, the ones who have principles, a character, not those who just want immediate relief and become a cancer for the world, and hence, for God.
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
5. Relevance of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in present modern world:
Since, we have already discussed wisdom, courage, reasoning, questioning, and even society, it tells how much relevant and needed this book “To Kill a Mockingbird” is.
Everything you read in this book will give you a deep insight into how humans function how societies influence and how we end up being a pain for other people.
Keeping a check on these things in today’s time will make a big difference to the world as a whole. We all must save the world before it destroys us completely.
Hence, this book is a MUST to understand the world, the societies, and its people.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” transcends the boundaries of time, therefore, you should gift it to the kids which will make a huge contribution to the world’s future.
This book truly explains your ‘Dharma’ so you should not die without reading this book, is what we say.
“It was a polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in.”
6. Harper Lee’s Literary Excellence:
Well, whether you’re an avid reader or not, Harper Lee’s evocative storytelling, her creation of vivid characters, her exploration of societal issues, and her ability to capture the essence of that turbulent era, will make you confront your own beliefs and biases.
Lee’s ability to craft a narrative that resonates with readers across generations corroborates her status as a literary genius.
The novel remains a testament to the transformative power of literature, it challenges your preconceptions, and empathy, and inspires social change.
In the literary world, the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” truly stands out!
“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions, but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
To summarize, reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be a transformative experience. It is more than a classic piece of literature. This book offers a timeless reflection on the complexities of the human experience. It develops an understanding of how societies influence the world and how our critical thinking makes our characters.
Hope you read, gift, and follow this book in your life and further impart it to your children for their beautiful future.