Author : Priyanjana Das
The one who does not distinguish good from evil. There is potential good in mankind.
This will make you grab a copy of one of her best works – To Kill A Mockingbird today! For those who have read this, here’s your walk down the memory lane.
1. The fear of Boo Radley
The unknown and hidden, yet bone chillingly near, Boo Radley reminds most of us of our childhood fears and also the ways in which we tend to ‘face’ them. Standing on the porch of the Radley house was Jem, Scout and Dill’s way of facing their fear. Lee’s way of potraying judgemental adult intuitions in a child’s mind by naming it fear is commendable.
2. Scout’s innocence
Amidst all the adults and Jem revealing the hair on his chest as a sign of growing up, Scout retains her innocence which pulls us through the harsh times in the novel. Lee giving scout the ease to make decisions unscathed with excessive thought is a lively twist to the novel. It is her hand that finally brings Boo Radley out.
3. Atticus Finch’s goodness
The noble and kind advocate is seen fighting the case of a black man. This was expected of Atticus though. He was the only one from the beginning of the novel who taught us to respect others for what they are, be kind and ‘never kill a mockingbird’.
4. The Evil never stands.
Harper Lee’s use of a child’s view to distinguish between the ‘good’ and the ‘evil’ is what catches ones eye. Mr Ewell stands for the fellow unmoved by emotions. He is seen to threaten Atticus, our hero, which makes him devilish. There is an amusing childish play in his character!
5. Mr Raymond couldn’t care less.
A lively and humorous character of Mr Raymond evades the stagnate issue of the blacks once again. He drinks coca cola and claims to be drunk in order to ‘like’ the blacks in the society. There is no reason why he likes them, he just does. Scout however is not very curious to know the reason. Lee pulls us back to the fact that even the whites hate the blacks for no reason!
6. Finally, the mockingbird.
“It is a sin to kill a mockingbird!” Is what sets sail our minds eye. Who is the mockingbird?
The ones who are least understood in the novel perhaps. Mr Radley’s shooting at a black man is followed by Atticus’ warning. The adult eyes of scout that, through Harper Lee, look back at the past makes sense of the statement.
7. “There are only two kinds of folks in the world. ‘Folks’ “
Lee’s stress on equality is best understood in this statement and it happens to me a favourite quote! A magnanimous world of equal beings is what she aspires for.
Apart from these, the novel is filled with witty one liners, childish remarks, innocent ways of friendship and is a surprisingly light read despite focusing on such a grave issue.