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November 23, 2017

Essay : A book that changed your life

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A book that changed your life

"Books change lives in big ways and small... in all our fascination with technology we've forgotten that a simple book can make a difference" - these words by Roxanne J. Cody echo the sentiment I feel about the powerful story told by Harper Lee in her book 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. 

I found keen interest in reading the book when I identified that the protagonist Scout was a tomboy at a time when all girls of her age were supposed to wear frilly dresses. The book talks of expectations the society has from women, how they should behave, how they should conform to 'norms' laid down by society, etc. In her own way, Scout shows fortitude by standing up for her father's beliefs, being ready to fight for his honour and empathising with Boo Radley. She became my role model for how a girl can have an identity of her own, without making too much noise or fuss about it.
Having grown up with the concept of 'white skin is beautiful', the book also opened my eyes to the real idea of beauty. I learnt to rise above the narrow constraints of racial discrimination and look for the truly beautiful soul of a person. Atticus Finch, Scout's father, will forever remain my idol for what a 'good human being' should be. The simple, but profound and poignant story of Atticus Finch, Jem and Scout taught me a lot about prejudice, compassion and tolerance. It had a deep impact on my personality and hopefully changed my life for the better. 
shared by Nisheeta Mirchandani

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