Book review To Kill A Mockingbird


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Book review To Kill A Mockingbird

  1. 1. BOOK REVIEW 1 By Nur Ashikin Mohd Sa’ay Page 1
  2. 2. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD MY OWN COPY o Author: Harper Lee o Author: Harper Lee oPublisher’s Name: oPublisher’s Name: Mandarin Paperbacks J. B. Lippincott & Co. oPublished Year: oPublished Date: 1989 July 11, 1960 oCountry: oCountry: United States United States oPages: oPages: 296 (first 309 (paperback) edition, hardback) Page 2
  3. 3. SYNOPSIS Growing up in a small Southern town, Jem and Scout Finch think they know their family and neighbors: There's Boo Radley, the neighborhood recluse, whom the children attempt to lure out of hiding; cranky old Mrs. Dubose is secretly addicted to morphine; their odd playmate, Dill Harris, comes to stay with his aunt next door each summer; and then there's Atticus, their father, and their hero. Their life is shattered by rumors of a black man accused of raping a white woman. In 1930s Alabama, her accusation all but proves his guilt. Yet lawyer Atticus questions the charge and defends the accused man in a town steeped in prejudice. Through the eyes of the children, as they try to understand the reactions of the townspeople and make sense of the crumbling world around them, the irrationality of racism is laid bare. Page 3
  4. 4. GENRE Page 4
  5. 5. GENRE: COMING-OF-AGE oTo Kill a Mockingbird is not just Scout’s coming-of-age story. It is also about Jem’s and Dill’s. But mostly we hear about Scout. oOver the course of the novel she learns to act in a more adult way, even a more ladylike way, and to see the people around her as actual human beings. oAnd the novel is also about growing up more generally, asking an important question: Is it possible to become an adult, to join adult community and still keep a child’s sensitivity to injustice? Page 5
  6. 6. GENRE: SOUTHERN GOTHIC oAnd now for the fun stuff. To Kill a Mockingbird has a haunted house (the Radley Place), a ghost (Boo), inexplicable evil (Bob Ewell) and terrifying nightmares encounters (the midnight raid on the Radley Place and Bob Ewell again). oThat makes it gothic. oIt is set in a South still haunted by its rascist past. oThat, gives us the Southern Gothic. oBut don’t worry. The book’s also got ham costumes and public pantslessness, so the potential horror of the novel is offset by its humor. Page 6
  7. 7. THEMES Page 7
  8. 8. THEME: PREJUDICE ♥Prejudice is a strong word. ♥In Maycomb County, Tom Robinson is charged with the rape of Mayella Ewell. ♥Atticus and the children believes wholeheartedly of Tom’s innocence. ♥The rest however, of let the townsfolk their prejudice towards the black folks blind them. ♥In the end, even after presenting unquestionable evidences, Atticus got a guilty verdict from the allwhite jury. Page 8
  9. 9. THEME: COURAGE ♥Miss Dubose’s courage in battling her morphine addiction. ♥Atticus’s courage to stand up for what he believes in. ♥Moral courage is having the guts to do what is right, and not what is expected of you, even though it might anger those around you. Page 9
  10. 10. THEME: COMPASSION ♥Atticus as a compassionate father. ♥"Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell's shoes for a minute, I destroyed his last shred of credibility at the trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, he always does. So if spittin' on my face and threatening me saved Mayella one extra beating, that's something I would gladly take. He had to take it out on someone and I'd rather it be me, then that household of children out there, do you understand?" Page 10
  11. 11. CHARACTERS Page 11
  12. 12. CHARACTERS ATTICUS FINCH ♥A white Maycomb attorney ♥Father of Scout and Jem ♥Wise and caring ♥Teach Scout and Jem to treat others equally ♥Have strong moral compass ♥Decides to defend Tom Robinson Page 12
  13. 13. CHARACTERS JEAN-LOUISE ‘SCOUT’ FINCH oNarrator and protagonist oConsidered smart for her age, loves to read. oA tomboy who spends most of her time playing with her brother and friend, Dill. oNaive and idealistic. oQuick-tempered. Page 13
  14. 14. CHARACTERS JEREMY ATTICUS ’JEM’ FINCH ♥Scout’s older brother of 4 years. ♥Matures greatly throughout the novel. ♥Protective of his father and sister. ♥Risked his life to save Scout. Page 14
  15. 15. CHARACTERS ARTHUR ‘BOO’ RADLEY ♥The most mysterious character in this novel. ♥Very quiet, reclusive character. ♥Maycomb children believe he’s a horrible person. ♥Goes out of his way to save Scout and Jem. Page 15
  16. 16. CHARACTERS ROBERT E. LEE ‘BOB’ EWELL ♥Main antagonist in the novel. ♥A white trash. ♥It is implied that he was the one who abused his daughter, Mayella and not Tom Robinson. ♥Tried to kill Scout and Jem. Page 16
  17. 17. CHARACTERS TOM ROBINSON ♥The black defends man when Atticus he is accused of raping a whit ewoman, Mayella Ewell. ♥Felt sorry for Mayella. ♥Despite Atticus's skillful defense, Robinson is declared guilty by the jury. Page 17
  18. 18. CHARACTERS MAYELLA VIOLET EWELL ♥Tom Robinson's 19-anda-half-year-old accuser and the eldest daughter of Bob Ewell. ♥Has to take care of her siblings because of her father’s alcoholism. ♥Tries to seduce Tom and covers up by accusing him of rape. Page 18
  19. 19. ISSUES PRESENTED Page 19
  20. 20. ISSUES PRESENTED: DISCRIMINATION The Radleys, even though white, faces discrimination by the townsfolk because they are different. Page 20
  21. 21. ISSUES PRESENTED: LOSS OF INNOCENCE oCan be explained as the process of growing up. oFascination with the mystery that is Boo Radley. (Reenact rumors of violence done by Boo) oThe trial of Tom Robinson and its aftermath. (Scout finally sees that the world is unfair racism is an imminnent threat) oJem acts as a protector of Scout. Page 21
  22. 22. ISSUES PRESENTED: IMPORTANCE OF HONOUR ♥Atticus, against practically everyone in the county, including his own mother and sister decides to defend the black man. ♥Scout honours her promise to her father to turn the other way when people calls Atticus bad names in front of her. Page 22
  24. 24. TARGET READERS Page 24
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