"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost

November 13, 2013

Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Hooray! This time I'm gonna share a review about a novel!!! Finally, right? ;)
I know you guys have been craving for reading some fictions, so here is one of them. :3
Just so you know, I'm more interested in reading meaningful stories than the easy stuff ones. No, no, doesn't mean that reading other genres is bad, everyone has their own interest, no? :)
Let me start ya, dear readers. :3

So so, To Kill a Mockingbird is a fiction contains law-thingy and mostly philosophy things.

The book tells the story of Scout Finch (actually Jean Louis Finch)'s life as a daughter of a lawyer.
The story starts when Scout's father, Atticus Finch decides to be the defense attorney of a black man. (The setting of the story is on 1945, so yes, there's still racism there.)
So many people in Maycomb County (where Scout lives) don't like what Atticus do. Scout and her big brother, Jem (Jeremy Finch) have to deal with what people say and do to them.

To me, the story in this novel is great.
It is written from the perspective of a eight year old girl so it's kind of fun to read how Scout Finch is being witty, honest and clever at the same time.

And we can see how meaningful the story is. It taught me many things. As I said before, the setting in the novel is on 1945, when the World War II was being held. That explains why Scout's faher, Atticus Finch, doesn't go to war. He's a lawyer in a small town. Plus, he wears an eye glasses that makes him unable to go to war.

Atticus is a smart man. He loves to read and he teaches Scout and Jem to read too. So Scout, at the age of 8 --which i9s such an early age to read at that time-- can already read, while her classmates still can't. That's why Scout is not permitted to read in class, because her classmates are still learning to read.

When Atticus decides to be defense attorney for Tom Robinson, the black man, --who is being accused for raping Mayella Ewell, Bob Ewell's daughter-- he takes all that he got with him, including his children, his career and his life, at stake.
Racism was still happening there, and Atticus decision makes everyone shocked. They think Atticus has gone crazy.

And then the Finchs' hard life begins.
I don't know what happen to Atticus when he's at his office but I do know --from the story of course-- that Scout and Jem are having hard times. So often their classmates, their neighbors, and even their cousin say bad things about them or their father.
At first times, they lose control and will surely get them even. But then as time goes by, and after they tell Atticus what happen to them, they learn --from Atticus-- to be proactive, to hold their anger, because it's their own family they're trying to survive, because it's their own hearts they're trying to keep.

The most exciting part is when they attend the court to see the "fight" between Tom Robinson and the Ewells.
Saya suka merasakan atmosfir saat pernyataan-pernyataan masing-masing saksi dan terdakwa mulai dibacakan, lalu pertanyaan-pertanyaan disusul argumentasi kedua belah pihak di cerita ini.
Ikut deg-degan juga bacanya, and I feel a bit sad too, when the judge decides that Tom Robinson is wrong (bersalah maksudnya, hehehe).
I mean, like seriously, where's the justice?

The best that we can learn here is that, Atticus' decision to defend Tom Tobinson, it wasn;t anb easy decision to make, but then as he says, he has to make that choice, to achieve his calling, to teach Scout and Jem about life.

I love how Harper Lee puts it in such gorgeous line:

"You'll never understand someone until you see every thing from his point of view. . . . Until you infiltrate into the back of his skin and live life his way."

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