After reading “Go Set a Watchman”, the second novel written by Harper Lee, I moved on to read the author’s acclaimed novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”.
Harper Lee used a young girl, Jean Louise Finch, aged eight to narrate the story. Set in 1935 in Maycom County, Southern Alabama, the prejudice against the Negro race by the white Americans ran deep. The novel climaxed with a black man being accused of rape of a white female character. Jean Louise’s father, Atticus, was assigned by the court to defend the accused.
Talking of court proceedings with the prosecutor and defence attorney proving the case, it was pure joy reading it. It was totally satisfying and convincing as to what happened. Will the jury see that too?
Despite the deep-seated prejudice towards a lesser race in that era, I see the kindness and the goodness of humanity fully expressed by Harper Lee. There is hope that some people would stand up to fight for the dignity of the downtrodden man. The Finch family was of that kind.
I particularly liked the moral values peppered throughout the book. They were cleverly weaved into the story. These are the values that we, as parents, like to instill in our offspring. After more than 50 years since the novel was first released, the moral values withstood the test of time.