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To Kill A Mockingbird

Book Review by Iman Asif, 12yr old

I chose to share my thoughts on this book because I read this book at school and I enjoyed it very much.

“To Kill A Mockingbird” is a novel by Harper Lee which takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide depression that took place mostly during the 1930s and it began in the United States. Many residents that live in Alabama are racist and during the novel a man named Atticus Finch is asked to defend Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of committing a crime. Atticus takes on the case even though everyone knows he has little hope of winning.

Favourite Passage

My favourite part of the story is when the case takes place in the court. This is my favourite bit because Atticus gives compelling points in the court to defend Tom Robinson so he is proven innocent. I love this because in the book most people don’t like Tom because of his skin colour but Atticus defends Tom even though most people in his town wouldn’t. Atticus demonstrates courage and a strong sense of justice.

Moral of The Story

In “To Kill a Mockingbird” there are many themes. The overall message is that every human being deserves to be treated with dignity. This means the quality of being worthy of honour and respect. Another very important message is you never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view. This is proven in the book by the quote saying “Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” To Kill A Mockingbird teaches us the value of empathy and understanding differences.

The Prophet (PBUH) said in a hadith, “O my servants, I have forbidden injustice upon myself and have made it forbidden against you, so do not commit injustice.” (Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2577)


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