To Kill a Mockingbird

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When the movie To Kill a Mockingbird was released in 1962 no one not even Robert Mulligan the director could have imagined the huge success it would come to be. Who would have thought a movie about a depression-era southern girl would end up being number 25 of the best American films of all time. That is until you watch it you find out the reason why. The story has so much more behind it then just following the story of a little girl’s life as her father defends a black man being charged with raping a white woman. To kill a Mockingbird is actually about the most important lesson you learn as a child transitioning into adulthood. The lesson of how good and evil coexists in the world, and how if you don’t learn this valuable lesson it can destroy you.
At the beginning of To Kill a Mockingbird the main characters Scout and her brother Jem represent what we all think of kids. They both are oblivious to the fact that there is both good and evil in the world because they have never had to experience evil. You notice this when Scout and Jem meet Dill for the first time. When Dill tells Scout and Jem he doesn’t have a farther the first thing Scout asks is if his father is dead. Dill tells them no but Scout ask how can he not have a father. Scout and Jem have only grown up with kids that have a both a father and mother and they only way they don’t have both is if one of them is dead. That being said Scout has never experienced a time when a child has a single mother, so she doesn’t understand it. Another way Scout and Jem’s innocents is demonstrated is how they believe everything they are told. For example they are told the Boo Radley is crazy and tried to kill his family by everyone on the street, so they develop this fear of Boo. Scout...

... middle of paper ... his I have a dream speech to the March on Washington. This was a good time to release To Kill a Mockingbird because it addressed the issue of segregation. The movie also gave insight on how black people didn’t get the same treatment when on trial. To Kill a Mockingbird’s theme was also relevant to the audience. During the civil rights movement people were discovering a lot more about how good and evil coexist in the world.
It is easy to see why To Kill a Mockingbird is considered a classic. It teaches us all a lesson we have to learn sometime in life. From Scouts and Jem’s innocent thought on Dills parents to how they view the world in the end we are able to see their transition into adulthood. Overall To Kill a Mockingbird is a movie everyone should watch sometime in their life. Whether it be for fun or the life lesson it comes with it will not disappoint you.
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