6 January 2015
To Kill a Mockingbird: A Excellent Adaptation
To Kill a Mockingbird, according to many people is one of the finest books written in modern American Literature, which spreads the honorable message of racial injustice in the 1930’s in an informative and creative way. By showing a family known as “the Finches” experience and face the trials of living in a small Alabaman Town called Maycomb. The book itself was written by Harper Lee, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. When the novel was turned to a movie, there were many challenges that the director had to face while turning this classic novel into life. The director Robert Mulligan had to make sure the ...view middle of the document...
In To Kill a Mockingbird, the novel is based around a young girl named Scout who is an intelligent, thoughtful, and caring being growing up in a racial segregated area in Alabama called “Maycomb”. Scout is best known as the daughter of the prestigious lawyer named “Atticus Finch”. Who is known as an important person in the town, which respects and does “our unpleasant jobs for us” (Lee 288). Most recently, he is shown defending a black man by the name of “Tom Robinson”, who is accused as the suspect of raping Bob Ewell’s daughter “Miss Mayella”. Atticus was personally appointed to this case by the honorable Judge Taylor himself. His daughter states that “If you shouldn't be defendin' him, then why are you doin' it?” "For a number of reasons," said Atticus. "The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again. […] Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one's mine, I guess.” (Lee 100-101). Scout’s father, Atticus, the moral icon of the story, defends Tom in the trial to the best of his abilities despite already knowing what the jury’s decision of pleading Tom guilty. Despite all his efforts, Tom Robinson is the one accused of the rape due to the fact that people in the south weren’t ready to take a word of a black person over a white person in any circumstance. Eventually, Atticus proves to his children why he is there to do his town’s unpleasant jobs.
Nevertheless, making an adaptation for a movie is hard if the storyline is changed. However, this is not the case for the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” as it has the same storyline as the novel. Although, there are small parts which are missing that show a resemblance to the moral of the book. In Chapter 12 of the novel, Calpurnia takes the kids to an ancient paint-peeled building, which is the only church in Maycomb with a steeple and bell. The church itself was called “First Purchase”, as it was paid for from the first earnings of the freed slaves. This part is important as it is the first time that Jem and Scout have experienced racism as white visitors to a black oriented church. When Lula insults Calpurnia and makes the way towards the children, Jem states, “Let’s go home, Cal, they don’t want us here—“(Lee 158), and Scout agrees. Although, there are many people including Reverend Sykes, who would be glad to have Jem and Scout over. The visit at the church exposes Jem and Scout to several crucial attributes about Calpurnia’s church and the black community at large. First, they take care of themselves. Then, a collection is taken for Tom’s wife. After, every individual is forced to donate. At the end, they were able to see the true light of Calpurnia and how much she cared about them despite being a different skin colour. Another important missing part is the crucial Tom Robinson’s...