I finished re-reading this book and I have to say it was like seeing an old friend that you have not seen in forever; you know you love them but when you see them you are reminded of how much you love them and why.
I will share the reasons why I love this book. It is told from the vantage point of a child. How clearly she (Scout) sees the world. She sees through the covers of adults and sees the truth. Everything is so cut and dry to her. It is so simple and yet she is but a child. She does not understand how adults, who are presumably wiser, do not see the simple truths of life, yet she, as a child, understands these truths.
To see life through a child's eyes is extremely humorous in such an innocent way. My favorite scene is when she goes to jail at night while Atticus is guarding Tom Robinson and a group of scraggly men from Old Sarum arrive and are surrounding Atticus when Jem, Scout and Dill pop out. Scout spots a familiar face, Mr. Cunningham, and remembers Atticus telling her that it is polite to speak to people about subjects that they are interested in. She begins to strike up a one-sided conversation as Mr. Cunningham is too ashamed of himself to speak with her. In the end the gang leaves and Scout is confused as to Mr. Cunningham's lack of words. She does not even realize she has helped her father beyond belief. That is a wonderful thing about children, they are typically honest about what they think and shoot you straight without realizing the effects. Where does that go as people "grow up"?The simple way this story is told and the concepts and truths that are scattered all through out are timeless, humorous, entertaining and endearing. I HIGHLY recommend to read this book and if you have already read it I suggest re-visiting! You won't be disappointed!