TKAM #1: An Intro into the Novel

Before I get into the details of the novel, (TKAM stands for To Kill a Mockingbird, by the way in case you haven’t figured that out yet), I would like to say that I am actually very into this book. The author uses mildly advanced vocabulary, mostly due to the fact that this book is super old(1960, to be exact). I have absolutely no issues with the dialect or vocabulary, and the characters are all likable, which is something that I cannot stress the importance of enough when I read.

Harper Lee does an amazing job of making each character with two sides: their surface value or what the characters’ first impressions are and their deeper, hidden self. Take Atticus for example: He seems to be a fairly straightforward character, not particularly flat or overly dynamic, but he remains a sort of mystery for a while. Eventually, he does come out of his shell and evolve as a character(More on that another time).

Scout is a hardcore tomboy. Since most books from that era feature male narrators(Huck Finn, Lord of the Flies, Catcher in the Rye etc.), it’s kind of tough to tell. In fact, for the first half of chapters one through four, I wasn’t sure if she was male or female. She is a rebel to the core and it shows when she arrives at school.

Jem, the elder of the Finch kids, is like an older version of Scout except with more of a adventurous side. He definitely shows up as a dynamic character but his metamorphosis doesn’t begin until around chapter 10.

Last but not least Dill, the quirky, little man-boy who sort of pops up in Maycomb whenever the plot needs another ball to be thrown in the mix. He is an outsider at first, sort of alien to Jem and Scout, but they take him as one of their own. Eventually, Scout’s friendship with Dill escalates to a future wedding(Come on, it’s the 1930s and in the South, so it makes perfect sense).

So overall, I recommend this book to…….. Everyone. Yeah, if you haven’t ever seen, read or picked up this book, you’re missing out on something great. Please, don’t get used to positive reviews on books assigned in English class. Most likely, another positive review won’t come until I’m 1,001 years old.


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