Response to the Film “To Kill a Mockingbird”

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The film “To Kill a Mockingbird” was based on Harper Lee's novel. It is set in a quiet Alabama town in the 1930s. It portrays deep racial problems and social injustice that existed in the South during Depression. It also shows poverty and growing up themes as it is told by a seven-year old girl called Scout. Racial problems and social injustice dominate the story. A black man, Tom Robinson is falsely accused of raping a white farmer’s daughter, Mayalla. The film shows how racism affected the legal system. The central character in the story is Scout's father, the white lawyer, Atticus Finch who defends Tom Robinson. First, Atticus has managed to prevent the mob from lynching Tom before trial but he is helpless against social prejudice during the trial. A largely uneducated, white population finds the black man guilty, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Atticus shows evidence proving Tom’s innocence, and Tom also testifies he is not guilty. The ending is tragic for Tom because he is not given a chance to appeal. He is shot dead by a deputy when he tries to “escape”. The black people of the town are very upset but not surprised at Tom’s unfair treatment. The black reverend said: “I ain’t ever seen a Continue...


For example, he listens about the crisis on her first day of school, and her criticisms of her teacher. Scout, Jem and Dill are the kids who are young enough to muck around and live in their fantasies but gradually they are involved in more serious issues of the adults and try to understand what is happening around. The social issues and the world of adults are contrasted by the world of children's play and innocence. The mob wants to lynch Tom, and Atticus is in their way. Atticus tries to explain to Jem the difficult adult issues and makes him aware that: "There are a lot of ugly things in this world, son. Another character, Bob Ewell, Mayalla's father is a farmer but a heavy drinker, too, who does not have much and is full of hatred and spite. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it. Scout, Jem and Dill have fun in their tree-house or swing on a rubber tyre. Another issue in the film is poverty. Scout: Are we as poor as the Cunninghams Atticus: No, not exactly. Mr Cunnigham pays Atticus with cabbages for some legal services because he cannot afford to pay him with money. I wish I could keep them all away from you. Atticus is in trouble by defending a Negro.