AG Book Club :: To Kill A Mockingbird
This month we read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and even though this timeless book would always be a good choice, it felt especially timely with the passing of Harper Lee last Friday. First published in 1960, this book was an instant classic, immortalized in the Academy Award winning film, and now read by nearly all American school children.
There are many things to love and admire about this book, from the wisdom of its characters to the precision of its plot, but it’s also an enjoyable book to read, full of humor and quirky episodes from a sleepy old town. But the heart of the story is a case of racial injustice, a man falsely accused of a terrible crime in return for doing a good deed. Below is my own review, as well as a list of discussion questions. I’d love to hear what you thought !
1. What did you think of reading a book from the perspective of a six-year-old girl? How did it affect the way you saw the characters? How did it affect the way you interpreted the unfolding events?
2. Who were some of your favorite characters? Was there anyone you disliked at the beginning that you began to understand better by the end of the novel?
3. Was Atticus a good parent? In your opinion, should he have been more involved in the raising of his children?
4. Atticus tells his children that “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”. What does that mean?
5. What lesson does Jem learn when Atticus forces him to read to Mrs. Dubose as a punishment? Why does Atticus think this woman is the “bravest person” he ever knew?
6. Why does Atticus take Tom Robinson’s case? Why is he willing to risk so much? Do you think he risks too much?
7. At the beginning of the story, how does Scout feel about Boo Radley? How does she treat him? At the end of the book, how have her thoughts and actions changed? Do you find this significant? Why or why not?
8. Did you find anything about the novel especially funny, memorable or inspiring? Are there any characters whose beliefs or actions impressed or surprised you?
(Some discussion questions taken from The Big Read.)