Life in the 30s in the South. The "good ole days". Yeah, riiiight.
Actually, narrating this from Scout's POV allows for a lot of innocence of childhood to shine through, and it's optimistic even Scout is making scathing observations and comments on the hypocrisies and bigotry of the times.
I originally read this in high school, like I'm sure a lot of people did, and while it made an impact then, I had largely forgotten a lot about the story aside from Boo Radley and the trial. So I was surprised by how little those actually came into the story, which mostly chronicles Scout and Jem's childhood and summers for the two years leading up to that fateful day in 1935 when Tom Robinson was put on trial. There was never a doubt what the outcome would be, but seeing Jem's hope and absolute certainty, Dill's anger at the injustice of the cross-examination and Scout's struggles to understand what all these big events around her meant in the larger picture gave it a focal point to highlight how not innocent these so-called "simpler and easier" times actually were.
I was much more uncomfortable with the casual racism on display by our protags than I was by the outright bigotry of the Ewells and others in town. I had forgotten how prevalent it was in the book.
The world needs more Atticus Finches, and more respect for our mockingbirds, in whatever form they come.
Turkeys want candy too! At least the turkey in this story does, and he will dress as just about anything to trick others into giving him sweet treats.I would use this story in my classroom to transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving and have my students create their own costume for their turkey sheet. After this, I would have them write what they are thankful for.
For such an acclaimed classic novel, I've come to it late. I know the the reputation of the masterpiece by Harper Lee and the centrality of the character, Atticus Finch. What I hadn't realised was that it's written from the perspective of his young daughter, Jean Louise, aka 'Scout' and I think this was a masterstroke. Atticus is heroic because he acts as the conscience of the community of Maycomb, Alabama, albeit he is impotent in the face of 1930s racism.
Nonetheless, Atticus represents the rule of law and advocates for justice via the courts and crucially he has imbued his children with the ideals of what is right. And it is the naive belief of his children, unencumbered by the subverting effects of the prevailing white adult culture, which seizes the imagination. Throughout the book the invisible spectre of Boo Radley (local recluse) looms large for Scout and her brother (Jem), but so does the presence of their 'coloured' cook (Calpurnia) and as a consequence it is the simply balanced view of Scout, which deftly marshalls the sympathies of the reader. A remarkably well written book, which continues to stand the test of time.
Piękna pod każdym względem.
Wzruszająca, dająca do myślenia oraz zastanowienia się nad życiem, a momentami wręcz zabawna i niewinna. Trudny temat opisany oczami dziecka oddaje ogromną autentyczność tej powieści. Bohaterowie ani na moment nie są papierowi czy płytcy - przywiązać się można od pierwszych stron. Postać Atticusa zdecydowanie została jedną z moich ulubionych postaci literackich.
Powieść doskonale ukazuje ducha amerykańskiego Południa lat 30. XX wieku.
Książka, do której się powraca...
"Ale ja, zanim będę mógł żyć w zgodzie z innymi ludźmi, przede wszystkim muszę żyć w zgodzie z sobą samym. Jedyna rzecz, jaka nie podlega przegłosowaniu przez większość, to sumienie człowieka."
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