To Kill a Mocking Bird 1962
Directed by: Robert Mulligan
Based on Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is about a young girl named Scout who was 6yrs old in 1932 in Maycomb, Alabama, she has an older brother named Jem and a father who was a lawyer in town named Atticus Finch, her Mother died when she was 2 years old, they have a friend named Dill who only visits Maycomb every summer, he stays with his Aunt Stephanie who is living next door with the Finch’s. Maycomb is a fictional town in Alabama, life there is simple, most are farmers and old folks, and during this period of the Great Depression when Scout and Jem’s lives will change forever.
This is when Atticus accepts the case of Tom Robinson, a black man, who is being accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell whose father is the main antagonist in the story, Bob Ewell the town’s bully and alcoholic. There are two parts in the story the first part mostly focuses on Jem, Scout and Dill their friend and their curiosity with Boo Radley, their next-door neighbor who never leaves the house, and being rumored as a madman or a maniac, the kids were fantasizing what he looks like, but scared as hell to be caught of stalking because they are afraid he will hurt them.,
The second part is mostly about Atticus Finch defending Tom Robinson with his case of raping Mayella Ewell; the trial has taken place after a year of being accused by Bob Ewell. During the trial Atticus was able to establish the two are lying, given the evidence of the bruise mark on Mayella’s face was caused by a punch of a person who uses his left hand, and that Tom cannot use his left hand due to an accident that happened in the cotton gin back when he was 12 years old. There are two main lessons that were highlighted in the story
Number one, It is about treating a person fairly, regardless of their race, the color of their skin or differences with others, we are not to judge by their appearance, or status in life, Atticus never fails to remind Jem and Scout to be compassionate and show respect to others.
Number two, not to kill a mockingbird, the bird represents innocence or being harmless, and it only makes music and they don’t eat up people’s garden, so there is no reason for it to be killed. Innocence in this story was depicted by five different people.
Scout and Jem for example for they are still young to understand the town’s madness, and at their early age their innocence was lost, their father was Atticus Finch, who is defending a black man despite folks in their town will object or he might be hated, Tom Robinson a man who was convicted of something he did not do and then killed, and Boo Radley a man who never see sunlight in how many years and being rumored as Madman.
If you can learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
Although Atticus did not win the case for Tom Robinson because the Juries were white, who of course will not let a black man win even all the evidence suggested nothing but lies against him, this classic film has narrated one of the greatest messages ever written. Ignorance and poverty have played a big part in the story, as a matter of fact, it is the primary ingredient that drives this town to persecute an innocent man it is because of his skin color, the message was clear, it is political, it is depressingly true and thought-provoking. Although Scout’s Family were poor she knows this should not be a reason for her to be ignorant and never to treat people the same way as the town folks have treated Tom Robinson.
At the latter part of the story Scout has fully understood metaphorically the reason why killing a mockingbird is a sin, it took her a while, but at her young age, she was able to, when she finally meets their strange neighbor Boo Radley who gave them two soap dolls, a broken watch and a chain, a knife and their lives.
One time Atticus said you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.