Does the treacherous lie of a white woman take priority over the honest word of a black man?

This heart-wrenching story, set in mid 1930’s Alabama, addresses the prejudices of the era.

To Kill a Mockingbird is told from Jean Louise Finch’s point of view; “Scout”, as she is also known, is the young daughter of lawyer, Atticus Finch, who is defending an innocent black man in a rape case. Against this backdrop, Scout, along with her brother Jem and their friend Dill encounter discrimination in all shapes and sizes.

In spite of the novel’s unconventional narrative perspective, Scout’s voice offers the reader an innocent, yet probing insight to the tale of a racist Alabama in the 1930s. Hers is a story with which we can all relate.

To Kill a Mockingbird is perhaps one of the past century’s most stimulating pieces of literature, and one that was certainly ahead of its time. It is a must read for people with a particular interest in the general and individual attitudes towards different races in the 1930’s.

Connie Hatt


6 responses »

  1. Miss Thomas says:

    Great review Connie, I like the way you engage the reader by starting your review with a probing question. Having read both To Kill a Mockingbird and Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, which novel do you think best conveys the racial prejudices of the era?

    • hattc says:

      Thank you! and in response to your question I feel Harper Lee’s whole book addresses the problems of the era whilst Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” merely uses the existence of crooks (the only black man) to display the racial prejudices at the time.

  2. Na'Imah says:

    Great review Connie , I like the way you give me an idea of the plot without giving away the story. I agree with you that “To Kill a Mockingbird ” is an amazing book.

  3. Thais says:

    I’ve seen the film.. It’s very good. 🙂

  4. Simge Bostanci says:

    I realy enjoyed reading your review. You have used very powerful adjectives. The book sounds very interesting.

  5. Great review Connie you’re a fantastic writer. (a journalist in the making) 😀

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