To Kill a Mockingbird

“What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice” (Albert Einstein)

This magnificent novel and literary masterpiece was written in 1960 by Harper Lee and is set in Maycomb, Alabama.

The story develops between the fifth and the ninth birthdays of the protagonist, Scout, who lives with her father Atticus and her elder brother Jem. While Scout has a very childish attitude, Jem is actually growing up. The novel deals therefore with the great gap between childhood and maturity.

In the Finch family Atticus is the figure whom Scout and Jem look up to. He instils good principles into his children’s minds. He cares about teaching them to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and preventing them from hurting other people. Furthermore, he has a sound sense of justice, and is respectful and self-confident. He is a very positive character, since he always sees the bright side of things. In addition, he puts into practice the moral ideas that he espouses, which is the key to his importance in Maycomb and to his heroism in the novel.

The first part of the novel is about Scout’s childhood and the games she plays with her brother and Dill, their favourite playmate. While the story develops the drama of the trial takes over and becomes the real main theme.

The moral is made as explicit as possible. In fact this book will make you think a great deal about how to defeat racist and narrow-minded people. Racial discrimination and segregation are two fundamental topics in the novel. This is basically the story of an innocent man who is destroyed by racists. And, as is pointed out in the book, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They […] sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

All things considered, we highly recommend this touching book to you. It will make you reconsider some very sensitive topics.

Autori: Ludovica Boccato, Ludovica Di Virgilio, Anna Menegaldo, Stella Picca e Alessandro Vendramin