To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that was written by Harper Lee in 1960. It still has a lot of relevance today, 55 years later. It is a book about standing up for what is right, doing the right thing, even when the right thing isn’t the easy thing to do and how prejudice affects people. This book is a great story of a father, a man who believes in always doing what is right, trying to live his life that way while teaching his two children to be the same way. In a small racist town in the Alabama Atticus Finch tries to do the right thing for a black man accused of raping a white woman. He also teaches his children the value of putting themselves in someone else’s shoes.

In this book there is a house attached to a lot of spooky rumors about the man who lives there. He never leaves the house so many of the children, including the Finch children, make up stories about him and even fear him for being different. While making fun of this man, the Finch children Jem and Scout are reprimanded by their father and he teaches them to think about how they would feel if the roles were reversed. Atticus also spends his time defending the black man accused of raping the white woman. He is innocent yet despite a great defense by Atticus, the jury convicts him and he is shot trying to escape the fate in store for him. Despite the fact that he was innocent, racism allowed ever jury to convict him simply because he was black.

The general tone and moral of this book seems to be that you should always stand up for what is right no matter the cost as defending a black man cost Atticus and his children a lot of torment and lost them a lot of friends. To Atticus, the right this is always the right thing no matter how hard it may be to do. Whether it be not making fun of people who are different or standing up for the little guy he believes it is worth doing because it is right. His children learn a lot from him about what is right, about prejudice, and about life in this book. He shows them how not everything is what it seems and that no matter the circumstances, everyone deserves to be treated fairly.