#EngKnowledge: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

Have you read the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee? It’s available in English and Indonesian.


To Kill a Mockingbird (TKM) is known as one of the greatest novels in American literary.

First published in 1960, the novel had won a Pulitzer Prize. It’s the only published work of author Harper Lee, until …

Last Wednesday, she announced that there’ll finally be a sequel to the novel!! http://t.co/eDrKg8K2bN

Imagine: Waiting 55 years for a sequel! (And I thought Sherlock Series 4 took forever to make).

Took forever to … = Butuh waktu lama untuk …

TKM is being taught in schools all over United States. Students read and review them in English classes.

Even British librarians claimed TKM as one of the ‘books you must read before you die’.

What makes TKM so special in the heart of American society and book lovers?

If you haven’t read it, here’s a summary of the story: (Don’t worry, it’s spoiler free!)

A little girl named Scout lives in Alabama during the time of segregation. She is the daughter of a lawyer, Atticus Finch.

Segregation = Kebijakan hukum yang membatasi hak warga kulit hitam di AS pada tahun 1960-an.

Atticus created an uproar when he decided to defend an innocent black man, Tom Robinson.

Created an uproar = Menimbulkan kontroversi/kegaduhan.

Even though Tom was innocent, as a black man he does not deserved to be defended by a white lawyer like Atticus.

TKM tells the story of their struggle through Scout’s eyes. She also meets a mysterious man, Boo Radley.

What happened to Tom and Atticus, and who is Boo Radley? You should find out by yourself :D

TKM is important because it speaks of social injustice from the perspective of a child.

It teaches us not to judge people based on their appearance, also not to be believe in negative stigma.

Even in this modern era, racism prevails in many places in the world. Which is why the lessons in TKM remains relevant.

This is why the world is excited about the publicity of its sequel, coming soon in July 2015.

Not only because it is a great book, but also because the author is known to dislike her popularity.

Harper Lee refused to do any interview with media after TKM became very popular.

Which is why some people expressed concerns when the sequel is announced. They fear that Lee is being pressured to publish it.

Express concern = menyatakan kekhawatiran.

They fear that Lee is being pressured to publish it. But Lee denied the claim.

She originally wrote the sequel to be published instead of TKM. But her editor thought the story would be more interesting if being spoken from a child’s perspective.

What do you think, fellas? If you’ve read TKM, are you excited about the sequel? If you haven’t, would you like to try it?

@rsmno: @EnglishTips4U YES! TKM has hit my heart so deep. Can’t wait for the sequel.

@fantastisch_1D: @EnglishTips4U well, I do really want to read that now😔

@bakahikki: @EnglishTips4U good author.. keep making masterpiece !!

@salmaazkiya: I love the book! “@EnglishTips4U: Even British librarians claimed TKM as one of the ‘books you must read before you die’. #EngKnowledge”

What is your favourite thing about it?

@salmaazkiya: @EnglishTips4U about Mrs. Dubose’s story, I was kind of shocked when I read about her real story

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 8 February 2015

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