Ron Schneider talks Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ on Maine Calling
Shareholder Ron Schneider was featured on the June 25 episode of MPBN’s Maine Calling Book Club, hosted by Keith Shortall, to discuss Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. He was joined by Sanford High School English Teacher Sandra Thompson and Bowdoin College Professor and Writer-in-Residence Anthony E. Walton. Ron offered his perspective on Atticus Finch as Tom Robinson’s defense attorney, noting, “He stands up for an innocent individual, which is the hardest thing a defense attorney can do.”
“Everyone goes to law school as an idealist,” he quipped. “You learn later that you can’t change the world.”
This was Ron’s second time on Maine Calling. The themes he values most in the book are ethics, conscience, and morality, all represented in the struggle of one man to do the right thing. Atticus tells the truth, knowing that he will not and perhaps cannot win, because to do otherwise would cost him his integrity, which is the cornerstone of his existence and his relationship with his children.
This was a fascinating discussion and a wonderful opportunity to examine one of the great seminal works of the 20th century. Click here to listen to the entire Maine Calling episode.