When putting together a two hour film based on a novel, film directors come across innumerable obstacles that include cutting essential themes and leaving out important characters. Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by author Harper Lee, published in 1960 and two years later, released as a movie. To Kill a Mockingbird occurs during the Great Depression in Maycomb, Alabama, a city of which was heavy on prejudice and racism of those lowest of social status. Main characters Scout and Jem, raised by Atticus Finch, absorb crucial lessons over their childhood, such as: assimilate the viewpoint from others’ perspectives, proper etiquette, and the truth about how the population of Maycomb treats those lower than themselves. Film director Robert Mulligan, although directed a sublime movie, had to discard important …show more content…
When in a courtroom, people must take a vow to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. By repeating this vow, the courtroom must have certainty that the people will honor their trust. Through dishonesty and stubbornness however, that honor and trust has been removed. Honor is crucial no matter the situation, so to compress the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird by eliminating scenes that encourage honor, discards a valuable principle for viewers to grasp. Atticus explains to Scout the reason as to why he must fight for Robinson is due to the fact that if he chose not to accept this case, his purpose for being who he is in this town would be meaningless. From the moment Atticus accepts Robinson 's case, he knew he would have a slim chance of winning the court 's vote, yet if Atticus decided to not defend Robinson, all the times he told Scout and Jem to do the right thing would have been prodigal. By taking on this case, Atticus is honoring his morals to persuade as much as he can to get the jury on the right side, instead of what feels right to them. This action is essential for viewers to
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” (Harper Lee). Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a wonderful book that is enjoyed by many people. The book was published in 1960 but is set in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. Lee shows many different ways of what was wrong with society during that time.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch, the main character, shows integrity multiple times throughout the book. Three times where Atticus displayed integrity are when Atticus declares that he has to do Tom Robinson's case because if he did not it would shame him, Atticus explains to Scout why it is important not to humiliate people when a neighbor pays his debt without money, and Finally, Atticus shows integrity when he tells Aunt Alexandra that he trusts Calpurnia. When Atticus was appointed Tom Robinson’s case Atticus accepted it with dignity, he knew if any other lawyer was handed the case that they would do nothing to try and have tom win. Atticus proves his integrity while speaking to his daughter, Scout, “The main (reason) is, if I didn’t
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, one of the main characters, Atticus Finch, is portrayed as a true hero. The courage he shows in the novel by standing up against his own town demonstrates his heroism. His unconventional parenting style and the values he models to his children is another one of his heroic qualities. However, even with all of this. his faith in humanity is still greatly criticized.
The novel “To Kill a MockingBird”, written by Harper Lee, consists of many characters with many ambiguous decisions. Characters such as Atticus, the strong-willed father, Mayella Ewell, the lonely young women, and Jem, the older brother of Scout, made consequential choices, with unclear motivations. However, by recognizing their backgrounds and understanding their current situations, their motives becomes more clear. For reasons, such as maintaining their own sense of justice and self respect, family love, and the desire to have company, led these characters to make questionable decisions. In order to uphold his sense of justice and self respect, Atticus voluntarily chose to defend Tom Robinson at the jail and the court case.
Despite this fact, Atticus Finch is wise to accept Tom Robinson’s case due to the benefits to both his children and his community. By choosing to defend Tom Robinson, Atticus is choosing to teach his children morals and the value of standing up for what they believe in, rather than letting them fall victim to the racist hivemind of Maycomb. When Scout asks why Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, he replies “I could never ask you to mind me again” (Lee 100). By saying this, he is telling her that he could never in good conscience have the children listen to or respect him again if he did not
In the quote it demonstrates how Atticus has to simply explain to the Scout, you should never look at someone differently based on how much money they have. You should look at them for who they are. Some people are not as fortunate as others, it is not there fault, but like they Cunningham 's, they find a way. Atticus did not only open the kids eyes to how you should not judge someone, but also, to stand up for what you believe in, despite what others might say. When Atticus is presented with the Tom Robinson case, without much thought, he says yes to being his lawyer.
Atticus takes the trial knowing the consequence that him and his family will be harrassed by the town because it is the right thing to do. Atticus finch decides to defend Tom Robinson to be a good role model for his children and prove that the “Golden Rule” is a rule to
Jem believes that Atticus and Tom Robinson have won because he knows that the evidence was strong. Atticus ends up losing, which causes Jem to realize how much men will overlook evidence and the truth just to go against an African American. Lastly, Jem understands moral integrity while watching and learning from Atticus. Atticus firmly believes in ideas such as Tom Robinson’s innocence. He never gave up or fell to other men’s beliefs during the time of the trial, before it, or after it.
In addition, Atticus went against his moral code and principles he had always upheld before, especially in the Tom Robinson trial. Now, Atticus is faced with the decision of abiding by the law or breaking it in order to do the right thing. He knew that incarcerating a man, as withdrawn and solitary as Arthur would have been unforgivable. Especially, after Arthur had performed a great deed by saving his children 's life. He knew that exposing him would be an awful way of repaying him; it would have been like "shooting a mockingbird."
A couple of townsfolk were talking about Atticus taking the trial in front of Jem and Scout. One told the others that Atticus had been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, but another doesn’t care that Atticus didn’t have a choice, with his mindset being that “Atticus aims to defend him. That’s what I don’t like about it” (Lee 163). Therefore, Atticus’s integrity was challenged. It’d been much easier if he just refused to defend Tom Robinson, or not give it his all.
Atticus knows that “there’s been some high talk around town to the effect that [he] shouldn’t do much about defending [Tom Robinson]” (100). However, even though his family and friends my disagree, may even think less of him, Atticus’ interaction with this case gives his cause to think greater of himself because he is fighting for what he believes in. This kind of situation is difficult when you’re opposing you’re enemies, but even harder when you are up against your friends. Even so, Atticus on the path he knows is right, risking his popularity and status among the town. Atticus tells Scout, “you just hold your head high and keep your fists down.
To Kill A Mockingbird is a story that takes place during the Great Depression in Alabama. It is a coming of age story narrated by the main character, Scout Finch, and displays the way that she and her brother, Jem Finch, mature. In the movie adaptation of this classic novel, multiple events were changed, which affected the development of the story and of certain characters. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird was better than the movie because the novel developed the setting, the dual plots, the theme of racism, and the character of Jem Finch better than the movie. Additionally, multiple events were omitted from the movie.
Atticus lives by a code: let your conscience be your guide. That’s why he takes on the case at the heart of the story, the defense of a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Scout tells Atticus that most people in the town think it’s wrong to defend the accused man. But Atticus explains that “they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions. But before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a masterful novel that dives into the life of Scout as a child. In the novel, Lee goes into much depth about Scout’s life so that the reader can always keep up with what is happening. When a book is converted into a movie, many things often change no matter what book it is. This remains true for To Kill a Mockingbird between the book and the film. The film is a wonderful work but there were still many things cut out that were in the book.