To Kill a Mocking Bird a classic novel almost every one I know has read, but this is my
first time reading it. I’ve read plenty of classic novels everything from The Odyssey to The Great Gatsby, even The Hobbit and One True Thing.
I found that the title of this book caught my interest.
I’m not going to give a synopsis of the story because I want you to inform yourself out of sheer curiosity, but let me warn you that the story runs slow the first few chapters and it reads like a mix of romantic writing with realistic narrative. In other words very descriptive with a first person point of view.
I enjoy the perspective because its through the eyes of a young girl. Jean Louise Finch AKA “Scout”, the only daughter of an attorney living in a small town named Maycomb in Alabama. Living on a small plantation with her older brother (by 4 years) , her father and a house keeper. It’s interesting to see thing from the point of view of a small child. She’s around 6 or 7 when the story starts. Her father being a lawyer is educated and educated both his children before they started school fairly well. Young Scout knows how to read when she starts in first grade. Here’s were we see the beginning of a conflict between little Jean and her father Atticus.
Atticus as a father tries to help his family and raising a girl does not seem to be the easiest thing in the world. Scout is a tough girl and having no mother never really learned or understood what was expected of her as a young lady. She plays boy games and runs around wearing overalls and climbing trees. She reads the news paper and the teachers don’t like it.
The school system is antiquated and the teachers don’t see Scout for what she really is an intelligent girl who can become a very successful woman with the right education and support. By the book is all they care about, and that bores Scout’s sharp mind. Scout only sees boring school, and constantly argues with her father to let her stay home. Siting the fact she learns more at home than in school. This is only one facet to the world of Scout and one hurtle she must overcome.
Little Jean leads you through the mind of a young girl living in a society were young women were supposed to play with dolls and learn how to cook and sow and get married young. The men were farmers who brought the money home and maintained their wives and children. Scout found herself a tom boy chasing her older brother for some one to play with, unknown to her was the fact that her brother does not play any more.
She develops as a person as the book moves along, coming to realizations about fairness and what the world really thinks about the father she idolizes as her hero.
That’s as far as I’ve gotten with her development in the story. Like I said I’m still reading, but I found her character interesting because she’s so young and she sees the world in such an independent way to the adults and her brother, that it makes me want to read more just to see if the story leads to her growing as a person or becoming jaded like every one else in their town.
Little Scout I hope you stay as fair and smart as you are right now in the story The world need more women like you.