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.