Reading a good book is like taking a bite into an ice cream sundae on a hot summer day, it is refreshing and excites the senses. With the thousands of books that are published each year it is hard to decide which ones are worth reading and which ones to avoid. Some components to look for in good literature are things like moral lessons that can endure time and can be relevant 40 years after being published. As well good literature makes you think and feel strongly about the themes of the work. Good literature can be read over and over again each time receiving a new component which was not realized before.
Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, is a novel that takes on the complex issues of racism within a community and the justice system. In this novel a white man, Atticus ...view middle of the document...
That being said this book in its time would have been social criticism, and still applies to today world. Looking at cases like Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin there is a direct connection that can be made to the case of Tom Robinson. Infact many protestors have used various quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird in their protests including a conversation between Scout and Atticus when Robinson is convicted as guilty “How could they do it, how could they?" "I don't know, but they did it. They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it—seems that only children weep. Good night." It is a sad but true fact that the ideas within this novel are still relevant today. Lee has constructed this novel in a way that the reader is able to see parallels between the books and there own lives. The characters are as common as there own neighbours. It brings up questions like, “ If I lived in a different place in or a different time this could be me or my family in Robinson’s shoes.” This book is also very dynamic in the sense that it can be looked at from many perspectives. Mayella can be seen as a villain or a victim. She is wrongly persecuting a man, but she is not the one who has set up the situation.
The ideas within To Kill A Mockingbird can be compared to those of other good literature. Novels like A Raisin In The Sun also criticize the systematic prejudice in America. In both novels a whole community ostracizes those who are different from them. But there are characters that stand up and try to break the cycle of injustice. “Canon literary works of many traditions and genres…disrupt and run counter to many traditional literary , social , religious and cultural values.” Novel such as these are good literature. For these reasons I believe that To Kill A Mockingbird is a part of what is to be considered “good literature”.