CCHS Students Mourn the Loss of a Literary Icon

CCHS Students Mourn the Loss of a Literary Icon

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CCHS Students Mourn the Loss of a Literary Icon

By Megan Flesch

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By Megan Flesch

Photo credit: The Guardian

Photo credit: The Guardian

Harper Lee once wrote, “The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think,” and Harper Lee has given many people around the planet plenty to reflect on through her novels. The renowned author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” died Friday February 19th at the age of 89. She leaves a remarkable legacy.

Harper Lee’s two novels, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman”  tell honest, eye-opening, and heartwarming tales that have greatly influenced many people since the first’s publication in 1960. In 1961, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Although the novel was an attempt at exploring the nature of society in the world around her, her words reach people everywhere.

All through the halls of CCHS, many were surprised by the sad news, and some began reflecting on the lessons in her novels. Many freshmen have recently read the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” in English class. Freshman Caileigh Brady said, “It is a weird coincidence that this author happened to have passed after just recently reading it! I can tell how great of an author she was from that book alone. She told the truth and taught society how to live without prejudice just from words on a page.”

Another freshman, Tara Fitzpatrick, recently just finished the novel  “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Fitzpatrick said, “There are many lessons in the book that have influenced how I think, and make me more considerate of others. The world lost a great mind, because she was able to make so many realize what it would be like to walk around in someone else’s skin.” Sophomore Julia Clark also reflected on the author’s passing and said, “The passing of Harper Lee was very sad because she was a very talented writer. She made me reconsider my view on society by highlighting its stereotypical nature. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is one of my favorite books I’ve read in school because I loved how true to life the character were.”

We mourn the death of Harper Lee, and she will be remembered because of the incredible impact she has had on people. Her words do not go unappreciated, especially here at Charlotte Catholic. She will always be remembered in the hearts of all readers who have gained insight from her works.

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