To KIll a Mockingbird

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To KIll a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

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Do I reccomend this book?Yes, I would deffinitely reccomend this book for everyone to read. Although I might not be a big reader myself, I can say that To Kill a Mockingbird was a much better book than I had expected. I loved many of the characters and the storyline. As mentioned previously, I am not a huge fan of reading so, this novel was one of the longer ones for me. Therefore, if you are anyone like I am, I reccomend jotting down any questions or thoughts that may appear while reading. You can respond to them later which will greatly enhance your understanding of the book. Since this story takes place in the past, the writing styles and slangs are also slightly different. If I did not understand some words or phrases, I looked them up online in order to fully understand what was meant. By writing down questions to specific parts of the story, I was able to find answers as I continued reading and refer back to them. For example, at one part of the story, Jem and Scout got into an argument, yet for some reason, Scout seemed pleased or happy about it and I wondered why. As I continued reading, I remembered that when Jem was beginning to mature, he changed. Scout was happy because she felt like Jem was still a bit of a kid and can still play with her. Furthermore, To Kill a Mockingbird can be a slow book at times so it is best to keep track of interesting and important events/quotes that stand out to you. This will really aid you in remembering parts of the novel and keeping you more engaged with the story. For me, adding side comments and thoughts kept me thinking and really analyzing the story well. For example, on page 72, the book said that “Mr. Radley shot at a negro in his collard patch.” I added that It was wrong of them to automatically assume that a black person snuck in when it was not. Thinking that black people are burglars or that white people would not do such a thing follows stereotypes. This reading strategy helped me remember and relocate the most important parts of the book to me. It was also a good way for me to track down my thoughts in parts of the story by using sticky notes. The roles of questioner and literary luminary are just some of the reading strategies a reader should consider following while reading a book that can be lengthy or slow at times like this.

"You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough."-Jean Louis Finch (Lee 374)

“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird...Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” -Miss Maudie (Lee 119)

"If there's just one kind of folks why cant they get along with each other? if they're all alike why do they go out of their way to despise each other?"-Jem Finch (Lee 304)

To Kill a Mockingbird is a story by Harper Lee that revolves around human behavior and discrimination through the perspective of Jean Louis Finch, an innocent, little girl. While young, Jean Louis, also known as Scout, witnesses evil in her community of Maycomb, Alibama as her father Atticus Finch, a lawyer, fights to defend the innocence of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape.

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