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“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.
Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s.
The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice—but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

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Comments on: "To kill a mockingbird – Harper Lee" (26)

  1. The original book, written by Harper Lee is a book written during the intense period of racism and controversy in America. A black innocent male is accused of raping a young woman, and his case is favoured guilty in court because of his race. Despite the evidence proving his innocence, the only person defending his innocence is his lawyer, Atticus Finch. His children also are involved in the case and are influenced by their father defending a ‘nigroe.’ The book shows the heartache and suffering of black americans during this racial era because of the discrimination against them. I would strongly recommend to anyone aged over 14 and would rate it a 8/10.

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  2. One of the most well known books to appear on the shelves of book stores around the world, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is one that everyone should read at some point, purely so that they understand what all the hype is about. To Kill A Mockingbird is a story that tells of the childhood of two young children who live with there father in a small town in America. Having to find ways of entertaining themselves over the course of numerous summers, The Finch children get up to all kinds of mischief. Not only is this book one that simply tells of the children’s encounters, but it is also filled with life lessons that still hold great relevance in the world today. As far as a favourite character goes, it is hard to go past Atticus Finch, the children’s father. His loyalty and perseverance is truly remarkable and makes him incredibly intriguing. Although this book may not be for everyone, thinly does hold a special place in the hearts of many. 

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  3. To kill a mockingbird is a novel that describes the prejudice and adversity faced by black Americans in the 1930’s. Through studying this book my eyes have been opened even more to the events that occurred back in these times. Harper Lee takes a child narrators voice to the story with sections of when she is reflecting back as an adult on what she experienced as a child. She speaks about her father, Atticus, and his calm attitude to trying to deal with the court case of Tom Robinson, a black man, accused of raping a white girl. Even though there is little hope that Atticus will ever win this case, solely because Tom is black, Atticus still displays resilience in the matter, and brings hope to the black community. This deeply moving novel is informative and educational- a highly recommended novel for all to read so they too can become aware of the injustices of these times, and so hopefully we can build off these experiences and try and limit these injustices in the future.

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  4. This was an amazing book. I loved that it was written a while ago and that I could vividly imagine what life would be like in those times. Scout, the girl and voice of the story is my favourite character because she is young and doesn’t understand a lot of things but she is also very wise. This book also made me empathise the black people from back then because the were treated very badly. Overall, I think this book is a must read.

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  5. I would highly recommend the book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ Done in Year 11 English, I absolutely loved it and the depth this book goes into is amazing. I do not like reading, however this is my favourite book. It is both clever and says so much about humanity and life and I totally see why it’s still getting sold to this day after being written many years ago. I have to rate it a 10/10, and you’ll understand why once you’ve read it.

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  6. Harper Lee’s novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is set in the 1930’s in Maycomb, Alabama. Maycomb county is narrow minded and prejudiced and has buried itself and cut off all connection with the outside world. Scout, who was a 9 year old girl at the time reflects on her experiences within this prejudiced and socially separated society. I really liked this book as we are invited to see these prejudices and stereotypes through the eyes of a child and progress throughout the journey from innocence to maturity. My favourite character was Scout’s father, Atticus. He is a lawyer with high moral standards and a strong believer of treating everyone equally regardless of their race and differences. I would definitely recommend this book as it is one of my favourite books that I have read for school.

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  7. At the start of this year we studied this book and I throughly enjoyed it. It is such a deep novel to understand. Harper Lee includes elements of racism, prejudice, sexism, growth, understanding and trust – consequently making it one of the greatest novels ever written. The way it explored racism, and diversity within the community of Maycomb, and incorporated so many different characters who shared such different perspectives of the world, intrigued me greatly. My favourite character is Atticus as he teaches Scout long life lessons through his wisdom and understanding of life. The book was the one of the main elements in that time that exploited racism and come to terms with it. It was a very enjoyable read and a great book to study. I rate it 8/10

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  8. To Kill a Mockingbird is an intriguing and well written novel focused on the story of protagonist Scout growing up in the town of Maycomb. It explores various means of prejudice, in particular racism. I really enjoyed reading this book as it truly reflected the time period along with the societal values held by most citizens at the time. The main aspect of the story that really intrigued me was the focus on the growing of Scout and Jem’s opinions and views of the world, along with their mechanisms that help them reason. This novel was very thorough and I felt that it was quite in depth and was quite enjoyable to write a text analysis on for english. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is 13 and over!

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  9. Melina. said:

    Like many of these reviewers here, I have read this novel for English. Also, like many of these reviewers here, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
    I find it truly astounding that something written so long ago still has such relevance today, most notably, as was prompted for an essay I did on this, how prejudice is poisonous to society. I found myself, whilst reading it, fully understanding how destructive Maycomb is without really knowing it, just because they are somewhat allergic to anything out of the normal. I’m grateful that I do not feel as oppressed in my time as many of the characters felt in this novel. I would grant it 9/10, seeing as nothing ever gets a 10. Unless it’s very lucky.

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  10. Abbey said:

    I have just read this book for English, and too be honest, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Harper Lee really enabled readers to understand the world back in 1960. Exploring the themes of racism, prejudice, innocence, naiveté, growth, acceptance, understanding and sense of community, I was able to understand these themes from a different perspective.
    I learnt the importance of family, values and having faith and trust in others. At times I found the novel slightly confronting however very educational.
    My favourite character would have to be Atticus. I was intrigued by his persona and way of thinking, very caring for others and not afraid to stand up for justice!
    I would recommend this book to those of a mature age, 8/10!

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  11. Claudette said:

    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favourite books of the year so far. I studied it in english and found that it was one of the most interesting stories to write about. The way it explored racism, and diversity within the community of Maycomb, and incorporated so many different characters who shared such different perspectives of the world, intrigued me greatly. I would say for anyone of a high school level, this novel is definitely worth the read. The novel is quite confronting and will really challenge your views towards equality and rights.

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  12. Grace said:

    This is one of the greatest novels ever written. It’s a little confronting so I would recommend it for 13 years +. It is set in a time of injustice and racism. I really liked the way it explained discrimination and other issues as such. I think Harper Lee has covered all issues in our society today, and is an award winning author. I would rate it a 10/10.

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  13. We study this book during year 11 and it is such a deep novel to understand. Harper Lee includes elements of racism, prejudice, sexism, growth, understanding and trust – consequently making it one of the greatest novels ever written. Set in a time of rife racism, Harper Lee documents the journey of Scout and Jem Finch, whose lawyer father Atticus is taking on the case of a negro man sexually abusing a white woman. We learn about the values that were held of importance at this time, and we understand the toxic environment of the deep American South. I would definitely recommend this book to people of a mature ages, so that they are able to understand all the concepts explored by Harper Lee.

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  14. To Kill A Mocking Bird is a fantastic book. It was quite confronting but overall still a great book. In the middle of the book, it starts to all make sense and come together. It is an award winning book that everybody (13+) should read. I think the author, Harper Lee, has done a great job because she has reflected on problems in our society within this wonderful book. I rate this book a 9/10 !!

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  15. Jessica W said:

    I just finished reading this book and found it confronting and educational. The start of the book drags on for a while but in the middle it all starts to make sense. It was a award winning book and think that the author did a great job of reflecting what happens in our society such as raping. I will give this book a 9/10

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  16. Karla said:

    This year in english we are studying To Kill a Mockingbird and I love studying it, because it is such an intense novel. My favourite character is Boo Radley, because he is mysterious and throughout the whole novel he is painted as a crazy man that never comes out, but in reality he is a very nice person. The novel has many unexpected turns, and deals with big issues that are still present in todays society, with a big focus on racism against African-Americans. I thoroughly enjoyed readying this book, and recommend it!

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  17. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the classics of all time. Written by Harper Lee it shows through the eyes of a six year old Jean Louise (Scout). It reflects about racism against the blacks and how you were treated when you were ‘different’. My favourite character is Atticus as he teaches Scout long life lessons through his wisdom and understanding of life. He also teaches Scout to accept her friends for who they were, and set an example of what the adults could not do, accept one another. My favourite quote in the book is from Atticus and he states ‘“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” My favourite part of the book is when the scary Boo Radley saves both Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell and people can see that he is not the scary person people thought he was. I would recommend this book to everyone as a old time classic that everyone has to read. I would recommend it to people age 13 and above.

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  18. abonanno@shcgeelong.catholic.edu.au said:

    To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all time favourites. I loved the storyline because of how it’s set in a time of racism against black people in America, and there are people like Atticus who don’t care about colour and race. This is the main reason why Atticus is my favourite character – despite all the hate for negros, Atticus is prepared to defend a man wrongly accused of rape, who is innocent yet blamed because of his colour. My least favourite part of the book is when Tom Robinson, the accused negro is killed for trying to escape even though he was innocent, they still sentenced him to jail. Another part I don’t like in the book is when Jem and Scout, who are Atticus’ children, are attacked walking home at night – that part scared me a lot. I wouldn’t change one thing about the book though, it’s such a classic and no wonder why it’s still studied today in many schools. Although I can’t really related to any of the characters, but I can say I have been teased because of my mixed cultures who make up who I am. Anyways, I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially the people who love history like I do, as it gives the readers a true insight of life was life for black people at that time, and when white man would help like Atticus, they’d be targetted like Jem and Scout…….

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  19. Matilda said:

    To kill a mockingbird is really the sad truth hidden in the pages of the life of a young girl. While hearing about Scout and her brother Jem’s childhood, this novel also explains there father Atticus’s life as a lawyer being chosen to defend a Negro man in court. While bringing attention to horrible things such as disgust towards the Negroes in the 1930’s, you also create a bond between yourself, Scout, Jem and their friend who visits in the summer Dill. This is a fantastic book and I would recommend it to almost all students at SHC.

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  20. Bridget said:

    To Kill A Mockingbird writeen by Harper Lee is about life in Maycomb told through the eyes of a 7 year old, Jean Louise “Scout” set in the 1930’s. The book explores many things such as racial and social prejudice, loss of innocence and lessons learned through expose. We see situations where Scout is able to grow as a person due to the things she sees. Her Father Atticus defends a black man ‘Tom Robinson’ and this is essentially what the novel bases its main focus upon. I would rate it a 10/10 and my favourite character is Boo Radley because I think he has a beautiful heart.

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  21. To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee. It is set in America in the 1930s, where injustice and segregation were grave. I did eventually enjoy this book after analysing it, however at the time it was very boring and tedious to read. I loved Lee’s detail, especially how she portrays characters and situations through the eyes of young Scout Finch. We witness Scout and her brother Jem, mature after experiencing different situations including the trial of Tom Robinson, a young, innocent black man, tried for rape. I loved Scout, she is so innocent and always says what she is thinking. This made some very interesting parts of the books, however it was easy to imagine how hard it was for her to comprehend the expectations and values of her community. I would definitely say that this book is not suitable for anyone under the age of about 13 as it has some mature themes and is sometimes challenging to understand. I would rate it a 7.5/10

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  22. This story takes place during three years of the Great Depression in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. The narrator is six year old Scout Finch, who lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer. It looks at the topics of prejudice and loss of innocence.

    I love this book because of the way Scout (the main character and narrator) changes and develops throughout. In the beginning she is very carefree and innocent of the cruelties of racism, but by the end of the book her innocence is lost as her eyes are opened to the cruelty of the world and realises that “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch.

    Often used as a school text, I think the quality and complexity of this book is severely underrated by students. The first 4 chapters of the book start off quite slow and people lose interest. However, in my opinion it is one of the greatest books of all time.

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  23. Renee Demeo said:

    The timeless story of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ takes us on a journey with the two main protagonists, Jem and Scout. They are both young, innocent children in a small community divided by racism and class. Through their eyes the reader is taken on a journey, looking at these huge issues of segregation, discrimination and injustice, from the perspective of the juvenile and naive characters. Through reading this book from this aspect the reader realises just how unjust these issues are, and how wrong it was and still is for people to discriminate others due to their race, gender or socio-economic status. My favourite character of the book is Scout, as she is so innocent and doesn’t fully understand why people are discriminated against, which should be the case for everyone. She doesn’t understand why the women in her society force her to wear dresses, and why people don’t like Boo Radley, a very misunderstood man who lives down the road from Jem and Scout. It is a moving and beautiful book that I would recommend to everyone above the age of 15. Definitely worth a 10/10!

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  24. This novel is jam packed with stories based in a small town. This book really lets us walk in the shoes of all the characters not just one but all. Jem and Scout see the heart of their town laid bare as it is divided, not just between black and white, but between the prevailing racism. They get to know the Negroes in the Quarters too, where they are welcomed because their father is a hero, willing to stand up against an entire town on behalf of justice. This book is from the heart and if you ever manage to get your hands on it, give it a read. it should not be missed

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  25. this book is a classic and it is one of the most beautiful books ive ever read. its writted from a young girl scouts point of view. It is a really touching story and every one should read no matter if your 12 or 20

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  26. I would like to recommend the book “to kill a mocking bird”. I loved how this story took me to a different time and place, where life was so different. The book is about a girl in the time where there was a lot of racism in America. The girls father, who is a lawyer, took on the case of a Negro man who is charged for the sexual assault of a young white girl. The injustice in this book angered me and it was so frustrating to see that even though the man was innocent, he was still judged on his race. This is a really great read for those who love a bit of history on the side!

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