Monday, September 27, 2010

Oh No!! My Review On To Kill A Mockingbird!!

It  was in last semester when i first read this book.

For the most part, I didn't really know what theme these book focus on and the seriousness of the topics of this book: racism, gender rights, sexual violation, the corruption of several institutions, learning/teaching hate, ect.

It was really interesting to read this book slowly when I don't have assignment to do(usually TESL students will be burden with a lot of assignment..)

Due to the mutual understanding I established with the world (and others like Harper Lee) and my exposure to social issues that this book touched upon---- a lot more historic happenings concerning racism, civil rights' political trials, and the process in which things are decided upon (u.s. politics) (small community politics), and from an anthropological perspective (ex. why communities allow things like race issues and race crimes to become taboo).

I believe, when first learning HOW something works, one does not have the capacity to criticize the function/institution/theory of thought.

For me anyway, I have to first UNDERSTAND something, then, become emotionally connected, and THEN be able to relate the subject of study to me, and only THEN can i begin to have CRITICAL THOUGHTS that may support/de-construct the theory or even begin to criticize anything...

I feel that this process of “being exposed” to “criticizing” explains how the book was different to me when I was a young boy and after I entered teacher trainee college.

To Kill A Mockingbird, initially exposed me to these issues, then, while learning more about the issues in the years in between, I then had an more developed and established relationship with myself, the world, several "new" social issues, and To Kill A Mockingbird.

Coming from a mostly MALAY community I was never exposed to many racial issues that were dealt with in the book. Maybe because one Malaysia concept that is being use today. "Im proud to be Malaysian : p"

From a non-ageist perspective, I feel that I realized how utterly ridiculous racism was when i was in primary because i had never really realized how REAL this white vs. black relationships were in the south (because I never read the history of United State before.)

I think To Kill A Mockingbird is the best book I've ever read and also has taught me the most. It has so many different elements that suck the reader in: the demographic of a small town, the story told from Scout- a little tom boy kid and her simplistic perspective, and how things increase in density, volume, and complication when a personal situation goes public...ect.

To be fair, Harper had put a good efforts to highlight her opinion about racism. In my opinion, this book is suitable for all students. I suggest secondary school students to read this book. The language that is use in this book is good to be learn. This book can give you a lot of new words yet you can also enhance your knowledge about culture. Good luck then ^_^