To Kill a Mockingbird Review

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This Blog Post will discuss the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, and may contain opinions of the author of this blog post. Any names, places, or references have been removed to satisfy the agreements of the Non-Spoiler Policy© as stated on Google Classroom.

The Book

This book, without discussing spoilers, is about people growing up in the south*. These two people, Jem and Scout, live in Maycomb County, with their father, Atticus. They meet their friend, Dill,  and go on many adventures with him. The plot becomes complicated when Tom Robinson is accused of assaulting a girl, and their father is tasked with defending Tom at the court case.  *(Strikeouts were added to remove any names, places, or references, as stated in the Disclaimer)

Mr. Green said the book was very popular, and “a classic”. I thought it was going to be “OK”, but it turned out really great! It was funny, and kept me interested to the point where I decided to read ahead! (A decision I would later regret when attempting to discuss it with my classmates) The only problem I had was with Southern Accents. It was a little hard to understand at times, but not too difficult. Other than that, it was an awesome book!

 

The Film

I think the film wasn’t too bad. It did well with portraying the characters, and it did really good with the Court Scene. But, I wish it had included more scenes with Jem and Scout’s childhood. All the hooligan fun they got into. It did a pretty good intro on that, but I wished it had done more than just that. But for a film interpretation, they did good! Scenes were awesome, that acting wasn’t as as cheesy as I was expecting, and overall, just a fun movie to watch. I’d have to say, this is a pretty good film for anyone. Anyone too young to read the book, or anyone who doesn’t want to read it.

 

The Good Stuff

“Don’t fool yourselves–it’s all adding up and one of these days we’re going to pay the bill for it” (252)

 

Wise old Atticus. It the full context of the quote, he’s talking about how the blacks are being mistreated, and that they aren’t going to stand much more of it any longer, and that it’s going to blow up. If this is 1930ish, then in a short 34 years, the Civil Rights Act will be passed, “that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”

 

Atticus foresaw, that trouble was brewing, and also in the book, he says something like, “I just hope it doesn’t happen in your children’s time.” Meaning, he knows it’s going to be one heck of a ride, especially for the south, and he hopes his kids don’t have to deal with it. It was a pretty tough time, one of violence and extreme racism.

 

Another interesting thing I found out, Harper Lee most likely predicted it. The book was published in 1960, 4 years before the Civil Rights Act was passed.

 

An edgy quote…

“One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.”

 

~Otto von Bismarck, 1888 (26 Years before the start of World War One)

 

I find this quote funny, because Bismarck knew how ridiculous things were in the Balkans.

 

If you look at the map, just above Serbia is where Austria-Hungary once was. Austria-Hungary controlled Bosnia and Herzegovina. On a visit to Imperial Austrian-Hungarian forces stationed there, the Archduke, Franz Ferdinand, was shot and killed by a Serbian nationalist. Where? In the Balkans. It became even more ridiculous when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, which caused Russia to declare war on Austria-Hungary, which caused Germany to declare war on Russia and Serbia, which cause France and the United Kingdom to declare war on Austria-Hungary, and Germany, which caused the Ottoman Empire to declare war on Serbia, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom…

 

Not to mention the countless other countries roped into this.

 

Welcome to the First World War.

An Authority on Courage: Pope Francis

Hello, young troubled soul, my name is Pope Francis, current Pope of the Catholic Church, Bishop of Rome, and Sovereign of Vatican City. It’s not easy ruling the Catholic Church. But, the hardest part of my job, and the part that takes the most courage would probably be running Vatican City. The crime rates are unbelievable, as is rent. You wouldn’t believe how much is costs just to live here. And don’t even get me started on finding a good fast food joint. I have to travel out of the country just to get myself a Big Mac.

Anyway, back on to the topic of courage. Sometimes, real courage is just taking control of the Catholic Church. It’s definitely not easy, considering the 300 Million dollars alone the Vatican Brings in every year. Not to mention the priceless artifacts and sculptures the Catholic Church owns. Don’t get me wrong, as fun as it is to throw money at the problem, it doesn’t always work. To have good courage, just dedicate your life to one of the World’s largest religions.

 

Real Courage

I think Atticus is a pretty wise Guru sometimes. That’s a good definition, although, not many people would follow it. You just have to go ahead sometimes, even if you don’t like the outcome. And occasionally, just like at the slot machines in Vegas, you get lucky. Not all the time, most of the time you waste all your money on Blackjack and Slots, and then you have to sleep in a edgy motel, but not all the time. But, real courage is being brave enough to test your luck on Roulette.

 

I think this Atticus guy is pretty wise. In fact, I don’t think he’s so much a lawyer as he is a wise old man who sits atop a small green hill surrounded by tobacco and cotton fields, in a toga robe, chatting it up with Mahatma Gandhi, and other spiritual Guru’s.

 

Amen.

 

Persistence

I think this idea is great, and people should fight tooth and nail to the end. Although, I must say it depends on how much you’re going to lose* by. For example, during WWII, Germany and Japan both fought to the bitter end, even so much that fighting and bombing broke out in the streets in their very capitals. Although admirable to a point, it was extremely costly, and ruined Germany for the next few decades.

As for Atticus, I think this is a case where it’s OK to keep fighting, even though you know you’ll lose*. It’s more of the principle of it, rather than the outcome. If he said, “Well, Tom Robinson doesn’t stand a chance!” And didn’t do anything during the case, then people would realize he’s probably not the best lawyer out there. But, people will probably come to respect Atticus when this is all said and done. He still tried.

To Kill a Mockingbird… So far

Truth be told, I’ve almost finished with this book, and I’ve enjoyed it much. But, I won’t include spoilers past where we are.

 

So far, I like the story. It’s all building up to what’s about to come, and, it’s pretty neat how everything cam together near the end. The only thing I’m not a huge fan of is the flow of Southern accent/language. During the Courtroom scene (Don’t worry, I won’t say anything…) then a few characters have funny accents, and it takes me a second to figure out what they’re saying. I’ll have to read a sentence two or three times if it’s confusing enough. I think the reason this is a good book is probably because of the story. It’s pretty entertaining, and fun to read about.

 

Climbing Into Other People’s Skin: Memoirs of a Serial Killer

Just kidding. No disgusting memoirs here.

 

Atticus, using a slightly disturbing metaphor, tells Scout to understand why someone might be thinking or doing, what they’re thinking or doing. You’ll never really understand why someone does what they do, unless you consider what’s going on in their life. I think this ties pretty well with the Belief Window stuff. If someone is raised thinking this or that, then, during the course of their life, they’ll do or say differently then what other people would do.

For example, I read an article about former citizens and KGB agents of the Soviet Union. Even years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, these KGB Agents and citizens still believed that the capitalist West was bad, and they still believed in good ‘ole Communist Russia. The Agents went on to form a sort of mob with other KGB agents, and terrorized Russia for awhile. These men and woman had lived their whole lives in the sea of Soviet Propaganda.

Flip Question: What if it’s us, the United States, being lied to? Maybe the Soviet Union was the good guys! Major conspiracy unraveled.

Fun Fact: Putin was apart of the KGB. Double Fun Fact: He’s President of Russia. Triple Fun Fact: Conspiracy #2.

Empathy

Empathy means something along the lines of, “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” (Note: Please don’t look up at Words of the Week.) As for people needing it, I think it’s good in most cases, but, without sounding super harsh… In my opinion, emotion gets in the way a bit. For example, I can sympathize with the hobo guy begging for cash on the side of the road, but, I’m not going to give him a few hundred, cry my eyes out, shake my fist in the direction of Washington D.C., and shout, “Why, oh, why? Lower the unemployment!”

 

As for showing empathy, there was one time when my friends and I were shooting off Airsoft Guns at each other, and one kid got shot in the forehead. We all stopped shooting, said, “Man. That sucks.” Then, another kid proceeded to use the momentary pause, and switch his gun on full-auto and drill us all in the back. See? Empathy. It gets in the way.

 

The Pope empathizes.

 

 

2nd Semester Goals and Aspirations

Honestly, I think my greatest success was finding where this class was. Not exactly 100% this semester! I mean, I did do a mediocre job at reading for this class, but, I could’ve done more with assignments. Gotten more 4’s…

 

My Definite Measurable Goal© is to meet the Above Average success criteria. I’ll be sure to follow it to the letter. I’ll also stick to my work. If it means homework, than so be it. It might cut back on my historical soap making time, but sacrifices must be made.

 

Yup. That’s about all.