As I began to read this book I wasn't sure why I was reading it, and it seemed to be a boring story of childhood experiences. But as the story progressed I became more and more interested, and began to grasp the meaning of the story. It seems to focus on the representation of the mockingbird as a symbol of innocence. It seems to look deep into the issues about people failing to think about what they are doing, and how easy people are willing to kill the innocent
I found the characters to be very believable. I especially admired Ms. Maudie, the family neighbor who seemed to be ahead of her time, as a woman who wasn't willing to be like the other women in the town, who were pretentious and hypocritical. I especially like her supportiveness with the children.
I related well with "Scout", Jean Louis, as a younger female sibling, who often struggled with rules of etiquette with my father, vs my mother allowing me to have more freedom to be as I wished when it came to choices that affected only myself. I would have preferred hanging out with my brother to my sister. I enjoyed this character very much.
Atticus seemed to be a good father and teach his children honesty and compassion. He had a very tough job as a lawyer in those times. He seemed to be working hard to stand up for his beliefs, taking many risks to stand up against ignorance and prejudice by defending a black man accused of raping a white woman.
Jem seemed like a typical boy struggling with many issues, yet he seems to come to grips with his family's past and his future role in society, emerging as a leader as he helps his sister.
Dill was an interesting, but sometimes confusing character. I can see the storytelling, as he comes from a broken family, causing him to want to draw attention to himself in other ways. But I didn't' really understand why he went as far as to run away under the less dramatic circumstances than he described going on at home...