To Kill a Mockingbird Review

To Kill a Mockingbird
Many authors are successful due to their wide library of novels, J. K. Rowling, Stephen King, John Grisham etc. But what makes To Kill a Mockingbird great is that besides being a classic and passing the test of time, it was Harper Lee’s only drama novel, and in fact her only book. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the world’s most successful novels. It was published 53 years ago, winning the Pulitzer Prize, a well famed award in the fiction business, on top of selling over 30,000,000 copies worldwide.
It’s the 1930’s. South Alabama. In the tired old town of Maycomb. Jean-Louise (known by her friends as Scout) lives with her brother, Jem, their widowed father Atticus and the “house-help,” Calpurnia. Throughout The Great Depression, The Finch’s are reasonably well maintained compared to most, as Atticus brings in an income working as one of the town lawyers. One summer, Jem and Scout meet a 7 year old boy named Dill, who has a phony personality and an act of telling lies. Dill becomes intrigued by the house on the corner of the street, where one of the residents, Boo Radley has a rather unnerving background. Scout, Dill and Jem go on many adventures while a sort of “sub-plot” where Atticus is defending a Negro over the rape of a white girl takes place in the background. Will the two merge together?
There are many themes to the book, the main being racism and discrimination. The whole plot floats around this whether it was the trial of Tom Robinson or Calpurnia taking the children to “Black Church.” When the book is set, was a time when racism and discrimination were at large, and I believe that Harper Lee portrays the fact that all are equal very well. Another theme is prejudice, not only used in the 1930’s but much used today. For example, The Cunningham family are portrayed as lower class whites- poor farmers badly hit by the depression, and they look down on White Trash, The Ewelles for example, uneducated, and poor, but...