One of the most successful novels of the twentieth century – To Kill a Mockingbird – was written by Harper Lee in 1960. The characteristic feature of the novel is its autobiographical nature and plot. The novel is based on the Lee’s observations of her family relationships, her close social circle and the events that she became a fortunate observer of when she was just about ten years old. Additional charm is added to the novel by its style and narrating.
The novel is an extraordinary combination of humor with extremely sensitive issues of ethics and moral, drawn through the cases of sexual abuse and dysfunctional relationships. On one side, there is a narrator – father, who serves as a hero and example of ethics for other characters in the novel and readers. On the other side, there is a story of racial discrimination and inequality.
When the book was first written by Harper, it received very controversial feedback from critics and newspapers. Today, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is ranked in the UK among top books that each adult should read in his or her life. Popularity of the novel brought it to the word of cinematography and it came out to the general public in several cinematized versions.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” touches upon and contrasts several major themes, such as good and evil, as a guide to human morality, question of education and its role in ethical and moral development of an individual. All these components made the novel a piece of art that is widely recognized and valued by the international society.