Harper Lee’s writing voice is exceptional. The concept of having the story narrated through the eyes of an eight year old little girl, Scout, was brilliant. Scout’s accounts of life in a small town Southern community offered simplistic honesty. She did not sugar coat her tales of shallow failures and triumphant lessons that mirrored the ideals of humanity. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was revolutionary in the way it approached discrimination and the effect hatred could produce within society. The courtroom drama revolving around the trial of Tim Robbins reminded me of the brutal hostility and in some cases, executions that took place during the Salem Witch Trials.
I’d recommend this book be a requirement of any high school English course. Harper Lee presented readers with a vivid interpretation of her written word.