My Review | To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Why does life seem simple through the eyes of the children? Is it because they lack the understanding of the adult world or in-spite of it?
Well, I think life is less complicated when observed through the myopic lens of children because they experience it through the situations and circumstances that directly affect them and the people close to them. Their view of the world is thus formed and shaped by the actions of the people they love and care for.
Narrated by a girl, Scout, raised with her elder brother Jem by their widowed father Atticus, the story spans through the course of her age from six to nine years in a fictional city of Maycomb, Alabama, during the 1930s.
Loosely based on the events of her childhood, Harper Lee has effectively dealt with a sensitive subject of racial inequality. She has explored it from the point of view of little Scout, whose understanding, or the lack of understanding of the subject makes the book a fine classic.
The actions and influence of her father Atticus, a lawyer and the moral hero of the story, make profound impact in shaping her thoughts and judgement. The story is engaging and the writing intelligent, especially the curious conversations of Scout with Jem and Atticus.
At the risk of sounding philosophical, I believe that every good book you read unknowingly makes an impact on your perspective of life, just like those seasoned actors claim about the characters they play in the movies or plays, that a part of it stays with them forever.