Summary Of ' Kill A Mockingbird ' Essay

1586 Words Nov 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Back in high school, I remember the year our teacher required us to read To Kill a Mockingbird. I heard about this a book a few years earlier when my older brother had to read it, and thought, why is this book so important that kids all over the United States are forced to read it? I found the book to be a whimsical but unsettling story of childhood innocence lost, and an illustration of racism still deeply rooted in the South during the Depression. Considering the impact the book had, it was inevitable that it would eventually be adapted it into a movie. It was in 1962, during the tail end of the golden age of Hollywood that director Robert Mullligan and screenwriter Horton Foote brought this movie to life. Their adaptation gave an artful image to a story that seemed, to the average high school student, a dark and bland reading. Gregory Peck’s performance as Atticus Finch is pure imagination. He is the solemn and rational voice in this small town that will not change with the times. The actors playing Scout, Jem, and Dill are not as convincing, and any fame they accumulated through this film was all based on the excellent directing and the performance of the actors around them. To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of a small town in Alabama during the Great Depression. The story is told through the eyes of six-year-old girl, Scout (played by Mary Badham). When we first meet Scout and her brother Jem (played by Phillip Alford) at the start of the movie, they being…

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