To Kill A Mocking Bird Summary

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In To Kill A Mocking Bird, Harper lee points out racism, social prejudice and injustice law system. Also, Lee prefers to tell the story from a child’s eye because Scout and Jem are protagonist and innocent who are surrounded by strict hierarchy and racism. While children grow up, they assume that they never see bad or evil something in reality as they live in their innocent world until they get into adolescence term. As a summary of the movie, Atticus who is a respectable lawyer who lives with his children Scout and Jem in Alabama, Maycomb. The town is a small town that racisim and illiteracy are very at the high of the level. The movie is about Atticus defending a black man who is accused of raping a white woman. Scout and Jem testimony the…show more content…
His last defense is in the court room that the scene is the most important and striking scene of the movie. The camera uses long and wide shots in the court room to show us the public distance. Black community sits upstairs of the court while white community sits downstairs. While Atticus defends Tom Robinson, the camera shoots him from below in order to make him larger. Even though he assumes he might lose the case, he doesn’t give up and give a lesson to the whole court. Atticus states: “Confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption---the evil assumption- that all Negros lie, all Negros are basically immoral beings, all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women. An assumption that one associates with mind of their caliber and which is, in itself, gentlemen, a lie which I do not need to point out it to you.” Atticus illustrates that empathy for outsiders is more important in becoming a moral person than trusting social prejudice. The thing that he criticizes is that skin, eye color, and physical appearance are important to people. Because people see somebody who is different from them in terms of skin, nationality, and race, they exclude them. For instance; black people are not trustable, they are evil because of their skin, they like, and they are not even human.That, these are just people’s wrong assumptions Atticus’…show more content…
There are jurors who can make a decision who is right or not. The jurors are the reflection of the society who comes from them. Atticus states: “I am not idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system. That is no ideal to me; it is a living, working reality… Gentlemen, A court is only as sound as its jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.” As Atticus knows that white community has some prejudges about black people, he assumes the jurors will find Tom Robinson guilty and Atticus loses. The important detail is in the jury that all the jurors are white people except for black people. This detail leads me to bring about a question that how trustable white jurors are about Tom Robinson’s case. What if a black juror was there, could he find Tom Robinson not guilty? All in all, Atticus is a hero that he doesn’t want to be part of social prejudice and become a moral person no matter what. He is a brave person that he tries to break the taboos of society and stick up for Tom Robinson and black people. Also, he teaches his children about real moral values and equality in spite of the ignorance of the society. He is good father and lawyer who have a dignity. Harper Lee reflects us injustice social equality and society’s rules, bad and evil sides by telling the story from children’s point of view in
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