Name a book that changed your life.. The book that truly changed my life, of course, is The Bible. However, I am not a scriptural expert, so I won’t be going into detail about that here. Instead, I began to consider fictional works of literature in order to decide on my answer. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck had a huge influence on me. Harper Lee’s eloquent and poignant depiction of Atticus Finch and his commitment to justice was moved me and moves me to this day.
I read both books in high school during the early 1970s. These books influenced my commitment to social causes and how I view people. There is a lengthy soliloquoy by the main character [Jim] towards the end of The Grapes of Wrath. He describes various situations where people might be suffering and says ‘I’ll be there’ after each scenario description. He says, very powerfully and simply, that he will be there to help people fight injustice, sorrow, maltreatment, bullying, and many more things. It is the way that he says it that gives the readers chills. How could I not be influenced by such nobility?
It called the reader to action. It called me to approach life and people with a loving, courageous, committed mindset. I believe that The Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mockingbird were my favorite assigned books. Both books made me want to be a better person. That, of course, is one of the things I love about reading—it can inspire me and lead me to become my better self.