To Kill A Mockingbird: A Review by Eugene Zhu

KillMockingbirdCoverOne of the most iconic books of all time, To Kill A Mockingbird tells the childhood adventures of Jean Louise Finch (aka Scout), a white girl living in a time of racial segregation and discrimination toward coloured people. This book is based in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, in the 1930s.


As Scout grows up, she experiences the world in a very black and white manner. Nothing really happens to her life, other than the fact that she has to go to school with her brother Jem. Midway through the story, Scout and Jem discover that their father, Atticus, is going to represent a black man named Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of raping and beating a white woman. Suddenly, Scout and Jem face a barrage of racial slurs and insults because of Atticus’ role in the trial.


Harper Lee was willing to use racial language and violence to help highlight the discrimination against the coloured people. There is a lot of imagery and sensory language in the descriptive passages, while narrative passages are direct in relating events to real life. One of the biggest struggles people face and have been facing is prejudice and prejudicial treatment to minority groups, and this novel is a good example.


I enjoyed this book because of the creative style of the book as well as the outcome. Another thing I liked about the book is that all the characters are interesting in their own way. Each character has their own different personality that directly opposes another character’s. Watching Scout grow up and make decisions also makes the book really exciting. Something I think the author could improve upon is to make the first few chapters more interesting and more intriguing. Also, many of the characters stay static throughout the story, which doesn’t give readers as much knowledge of them.


Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the history of discrimination and prejudice coloured people have faced.


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