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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird is an award-winning novel written by Harper

Lee. The novel was published in 1960 and the movie was filmed in

1961. A six-year-old girl by the name of Scout is the main character

and narrates the story line in the movie. The movie takes place in the

small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Maycomb is portrayed as a small,

sleepy, depression-era town during the 1930’s depression era. The plot

of the movie revolves around the arrest and trial of an unjustly

accused black man named Tom Robinson. Robinson, accused of raping a

white girl, is defended by Scout's attorney father, Atticus Finch.

Finch is known in the community as an extremely kind person and

respected lawyer. To Kill A Mockingbird illustrates to the audience

the true attitude of small-town life in the 1930s South. The story

reflects the unjust consequences of ignorance, prejudice, and hate as

well as the values of courage, honor, fairness and decency.

One of the main topics of To Kill A Mockingbird is “racism”. Maycomb,

Alabama is mixed community composed of both black and white residents.

The blacks and the whites have extreme racial views towards one

another. During the movie Tom is accused of a crime he did not

commit. He is judged and found guilty basically due only to the color

of his skin. Much of the white community in Maycomb agreed with the

court decision because of racial discrimination. Even though the movie

was fictional, racism was very real during this period of time.

The most important prominent focus in the movie involves the viewer’s

concept of discrimination in all forms. Clearly, with the Tom Robinson
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...ople continue to display open hostility and

discrimination to persons of different races. Sadly, there is still

very much ignorance and misunderstanding that continues in today’s

society. We must remember that racism is not a black and white issue

– it never has been. People of different nationalities, religion,

sexes, and cultures are also affected and involved. We can only hope

that if children are taught to resolve differences, openly

communicate, and learn to peacefully resolve differences will the

problem cease to exist. Until changes are made, children will reflect

the attitudes and beliefs of their parents throughout their life and

erroneously judge people because of individual differences. Until

people come together to get past racism and prejudice towards one

another, these problems will always continue.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that harper lee's to kill a mockingbird is an award-winning novel written in 1960 and the movie was filmed in 1961.
  • Analyzes how to kill a mockingbird illustrates the true attitude of small-town life in the 1930s south.
  • Analyzes how to kill a mockingbird reflects the unjust consequences of ignorance, prejudice, and hate as well as the values of courage, honor, fairness and decency.
  • Analyzes how maycomb's white community agreed with the court decision because of racial discrimination. although the movie was fictional, racism was very real during this period.
  • Analyzes how the characters deal with extreme racial prejudice. slang references to black men and their assumed deeds and involvements continue throughout the movie.
  • Analyzes how atticus realizes there is little chance of proving tom's innocence and winning his case. the guilty verdict directly reflects the white population’s predjudice and assumed guilt
  • Analyzes how atticus is convincing and clearly enables the viewer to understand that change needs to take place among the white residents of maycomb.
  • Explains that atticus is committed to fairness and justice and willingly views matters from these perspectives. he treats both children with respect and as mature individuals.
  • Explains that atticus is a peaceful man and is restrained, even in situations of personal violence. he showed no violence or retaliation toward ewell.
  • Analyzes how the movie utilizes the racial era, secluded country town, and atticus finch’s love and concerns for his children. other plot side bars enrich the story's experience.
  • Analyzes how radley's character becomes increasingly important as the movie’s plot progresses. he would watch the children from afar and secretly desire their friendship.
  • Analyzes how mayella's father, bob ewell, decides to seek revenge on atticus, concentrating his actions toward the finch children. radley saves them from possible harm and takes them to safety.
  • Opines that although the story has an appropriate ending, it is shameful that many people continue to display open hostility and discrimination to persons of different races.
  • Opines that if children are taught to resolve differences and openly communicate, the problem will cease.
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