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Review of "To Kill a Mockingbird"

  • Submitted by: Nabby131
  • on September 19, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,649 words

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“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” (Martin Luther King, Jr) Martin Luther King’s words displays an apt coincidence to the major theme of Harper Lee’s award-winning To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee had based her book on real life events that occurred in early to mid 1900’s; a time in which Martin Luther King himself was an active political, civil rights activist in America (Wikipedia: Martin Luther King, Jr). King’s statement: “hateful words and actions of the bad people” resonates with “Cry about the simple hell people give other people – without even thinking...”, a statement in which the entire novel To Kill a Mocking Bird revolves around. It must be noted that whilst there exists the stench of racism, prejudice and ignorance, the sweet aroma of compassion, love, innocence and hope runs concurrently throughout the book, making this another major theme of the book. In the quote above, King mentions about the “appalling silence of the good people” and one wonders if perhaps Boo Radley is an image of this statement. We can also see that Atticus challenges this statement by sincerely and fairly fighting the case of a black man, Tom Robinson. Atticus, Calpurnia and Miss Maudie are but some illustrations of love, compassion and hope. In the novel, Lee makes use of a vast array of symbolism which she uses so effectively that one cannot help but appreciate the text and the point she wishes to make. It is interesting to note that the statement ‘to kill a mockingbird’ is barely mentioned twice or thrice in the book yet why is it significant enough to be the title of the novel? Consider the following two statements: “I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (Lee 2006:99) "Your father's right," she said. "Mockingbirds...

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