To kill a mocking bird

Thu 01 November 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

The movie with the same name has been recommended by scores of friends and I haven't been able to watch it. At the library that I recently joined, they had the book by Harper Lee and I thought why not read the book than watch the movie.

Atticus Finch, is a widower with two children and a lawyer by profession. His nine year old daughter is the narrator of the story and it is based on the trial of a black who is falsely accused of rape and how Atticus breaks all social norms to defend the victim while maintaining the highest moral standards for himself and his children to imbibe.

The book is brilliant and should be on everyone's reading list. It has some gem of dialogues, one of which has got imprinted in my mind. When Atticus is snubbed by his own race for defending the black at court and his daughter gets agitated, he urges her not to react and adds that "They are certainly entitled to think that (they are right), and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions...before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience".

I hoped that I would not have to watch the movie after I was done with the book but now I am even more keen to watch it to see how they have adapted the story for the screen.