The speech in “To Kill A Mockingbird” has had a hand in the Civil Rights movement during 1960, when book was released, so having to interpret and revise that impacting of a speech for film while trying to keep its same meaning was a difficult process. To find evidence that Robert Mulligan did a proper job converting Atticus’s speech to film, it is expedient to look at what made the speech commendable, and what made the speech inadequate. So by comparing and contrasting the positive and negative aspects of Atticus’s speech in both the book and movie, it is possible to determine if the speech was adapted to film well. There are many things that made the speech in “To Kill A Mockingbird” excellent. In the text, Atticus attempts to use his morals to sway the jury into his favour. Such as the jury’s assumption that “[...] all Negroes …show more content…
Atticus’s moral was that the actions of one individual does not define the actions of an entire group. What makes this exceptional is that it presents the reader with something to think about and process, which gives the title a layer of depth. Harper Lee uses this depth to add to Atticus’s character making the speech more than just words to read, it gives the reader a sense that Atticus was actually a real person. Adding to this, the speech uses previous information that was given to the reader to give it a sense of time flow. Such as when Atticus brought up the educational system stating: “The most ridiculous example I can think of is that the people who run public education promote the stupid and idle along with the industrious [...]”(p.274). This references back when Scout went home to Atticus asking why her teacher wanted her to stop reading with her father. By referencing back to past events, it shows that Atticus’s character
Atticus sits down on the porch and talks to Scout about her troubles at school. He tells Scout “You can never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus challenges racism and prejudice which is brought out through his children and from this quote we, the reader, can see this. Atticus tells the children to call Boo Radley by his real name, Arthur. This forces the children to think twice about their actions towards Arthur and makes them curious about his past.
it's a good one, even if it does resist learning” (Lee 101). Atticus was a extremely tolerant man. The reader can clearly see this by how he handled all the insults that were being thrown at him. He also tried to teach his two children, mainly Scout, about tolerance, which is seen many times in the first part, since Atticus is aware of the negativity that the trial will soon bring. Overall, Atticus was a respectful man who believed that everyone was equal to each other; he also was a marvelous father that tried to indoctrinate his children about three golden qualities: tolerance, respect, and
ESSAY Cherilynn tilley Atticus Finch from the novel to kill a mockingbird is great father and role model to his two children Gem and Scout by setting a good example for them by being courageous, intelligent and a fair man. Atticus is very courageous all throughout the book. For example, when, he shoots the mad dog. Or when he represents a Tom Robinson; a black man in court when in Maycomb, the town he lives in is very racist towards black people at the time.
Atticus is fed up with the racism and decides to take a step up, “‘Cry about the simple hell people give other people — without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people too’” (Lee 269) Atticus is trying everything to make people realize that what they are doing is
To Kill a Mockingbird took place in a small town in Alabama, Maycomb. It is a story about a white lawyer defending an African American who was accused of raping. It is also a story about the courage. After Mrs. Dubose passed away, Atticus told Jem what she did is the real courage. However, not only Mrs. Dubose but also Atticus himself showed the true meaning of courage to us.
Lee depicts Atticus as being courageous by showing that he does not mind others opinions on his case . After being confronted by her classmates about her father defending an african-american man, Scout asks Atticus why people are against him, in response he states that, “I’m simply defending a negro... there’s been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn’t do much about defending this man. It’s a peculiar
Racism is one of the most influential concepts that drive people to make the worst of decisions. Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (TKM), uses rhetorical appeals in an attempt to save a black man from being falsely convicted. I believe that the movie version of Atticus’s closing statement was more convincing than the book version. This essay will discuss the rhetorical appeals used both in the book and movie; and why the movie’s version was more effective.
This one specific quote shows the reader how Atticus passes down what he has learned. When someone is taught to do something a certain way they only know how to do it that way, they only know how to teach it that way and because of that people are able to overcome societal expectations. Ones Self Determination is only able to surpass Society’s expectations in some cases. When people use willpower, what they believe in and what they have been taught the situation becomes a whole lot easier. Harper Lee shows this during the course of the book and with that shows us how people can be strong enough to beat what others expectations are.
Harper Lee’s purpose in describing Atticus the way he does in To Kill A Mockingbird is directly used to convey the theme in the story. As Atticus is described as being one who does not judge or think differently about people based on their race, gender, or religious beliefs it is used by the author to establish the theme of innocence. This comes as Atticus is just so kind to everyone around him, no matter their background, it even has Miss Maudie even talking about him as being just so consistent and holding no grudges and due to the author making Atticus be seen this way it shows off the theme of innocence as when Atticus will defend a black man in court and Scout gets picked on at school she does not understand why due to her innocence. She
Through his words and actions, a character can “come to life” for the reader, in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird,the author draws vivid picture of atticus Finch as he responds with conflict. Throughout this story there is a lot of social justice involved. Harper Lee showed this through Atticus.
Although the court deemed Tom Robinson guilty Atticus uses rhetoric very well to try and convince the all-white jury that Tom Robinson, a black man is innocent. Atticus Finch is a lawyer in a small town in Alabama. He believes that every man should be treated equal and fair in a court of law. But the all-white jury does not agree with Atticus. In this time, the 1930’s many people believed that whites were superior to black.
As the hero of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch has an unorthodox outlook on racism. He says, “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it— whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.” (252). This outlook allows him to approach the obstacles that come with a trial of a black man vs a white woman. Harper Lee, the author of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, worked on revisions for 2.5 years on the novel before it was published in 1960.
In the past, and even to this day, racism was one of the biggest problems in our society. Throughout history, there were attempts to alleviate inequality. Among these were the Civil Rights Movement and the publication of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, activists, including Martin Luther King, fought for justice in America. In To Kill a Mockingbird, topics like stereotypes and inequality are mentioned in Atticus Finch’s Closing Argument.
You never really understand a person until you understand things from their point of view- until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. ”(39) This advice summarizes Atticus’s approach to people. His ability to interpret other people’s views makes him an extremely righteous character. Another example of Atticus’s empathy reflects in his reaction to Bob Ewell’s threats.