Monday, August 2, 2010
Review of To Kill a Mockingbird
Foreshadowing the tragedy that will soon unfold, when his children receive air rifles for Christmas, Atticus tells them that they can “shoot all the blue jays they want,” but they must remember that “it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” As a neighbor explains, “They don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.” To Kill a Mockingbird is not a story about justice, because there is none, but individual courage and the death of innocence.
This is Harper Lee's one and only novel, but when you write a masterpiece your first time out, it is enough.
Posted by Mary Simonsen at 5:40 AM