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To Kill a Mockingbird
am 23. April 2009
Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a touching story about a girl growing up in the South in the early 1930s.
Nevertheless it is not only a coming-of-age story.
It also deals with the problems of racism and the leck of morality and justice.
By writing the novel from the eyes of Scout, a 6-year old girl often seen as a tomboy, Lee created not only a society critic but also a humorous story which I really enjoyed.
Atticus as the moral backbone of the novel makes the reader think, that you need more people like him, to create a better, an equal world.
I liked most the fact that it lasts a long time until you find the first refer to the title of the novel, because it makes the reader think about what could happen next that is as important as it could become the novel's title.
In chapter 10 Atticus tells his son, Jem, that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird and their neighbour, Mrs. Maudie, explains Scout that mockingbirds do nothing but sing, that they do not harm anybody and that therefore killing it is a sin.
After that there are a lot of examples where the characters put up this metaphor.
The novel is ageless.
The tone is childlike, humorous, nostalgic and innocent, but later becomes increasingly dark and forebodin.
Topics like racism, prejudices, moral and justice (should) be interesting for everybody.
In my opinion it is not only a novel to read in school.
It is relatively easy to understand, even for a non-native speaker, because of Lee's usage of modern english and the fact that it is narrated by a "child".
Nevertheless you should have a good word pool and should have learned the language for about 5 years.
I have really enjoyed it.