Summary and Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
- Length: 33 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-07-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: Alex Thompson
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The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic explains the novel's impact by writing, "In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism."
As a Southern Gothic novel and a Bildungsroman, the primary themes of To Kill a Mockingbird involve racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. Scholars have noted that Lee also addresses issues of class, courage, compassion, and gender roles in the American Deep South. The book is widely taught in schools in the United States with lessons that emphasize tolerance and decry prejudice. Despite its themes, To Kill a Mockingbird has been subject to campaigns for removal from public classrooms, often challenged for its use of racial epithets.
Reaction to the novel varied widely upon publication. Despite the number of copies sold and its widespread use in education, literary analysis of it is sparse. Author Mary McDonough Murphy, who collected individual impressions of To Kill a Mockingbird by several authors and public figures, calls the book "an astonishing phenomenon". In 2006, British librarians ranked the book ahead of the Bible as one "every adult should read before they die".
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By mandymay on 04-08-18
A glimpse of the South during the Depression
This well narrated book digs deeper into the meaning behind To Kill A Moching Bird. Scout, is a young girl living with her widowed father and brother in a racially tension filled era in the south. Harper Lee has us looking at prejudice attitudes of the time period through the eyes of a child. Scout's father, who's a lawyer, is defending a black man accused of raping and beating a white woman in Alabama, where equality doesn't exist. I was given a free copy of this book and have decided to voluntarily leave this review.
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