Opinions on Reading “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Written by Braden Simmons Staff Writer

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The ninth grade English Honors classes have begun to read their story for the third quarter and with this comes much controversy. Many have no idea that this book is a story set in the 1930s in southern america, while others are very excited to read this book and find out what times were like back then. Some students wonder why they are reading this book when it is set in a time where slavery was a major issue and was pretty much just a normal part of life.

Gordon Parker was asked for his opinion on the subject and said “I was kinda excited to begin to read this story because I had heard that it was a classic from others and I was hoping I would really enjoy it. However, I didn’t realize that there was so much controversy over this story because of the time frame it is set in.”

Another student asked about his opinion over the story was Ole Surom who said “I was excited to read this story again because I really enjoyed reading this story this story the first time.“

When seeing how these students have reacted to having to read this story, many wonder why it is such a topic of dispute among ninth graders. Mrs.Hilbert, ninth grade aHonors English teacher, was asked why she thought her ninth graders read this book as opposed to a different less controversial book and she said ” I think this book is chosen to be read for 9th grade curriculum because the message of the book is as relevant now as it was back then.“

Well, the main reason this book is so controversial is because it is set in the 1930s in the south and slavery is still very prominent at this time. There are also racial slurs used in this story that most people don’t want to say. While it has caused some controversy it is important to remember it not to bring it back but to remember that things are different now and to be sure to keep it that way.


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