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Critical Analysis Of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Critical Analysis of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

I will present a critical analysis on the film 'To kill a Mockingbird'
which is based on the award winning novel by Harper Lee.

To kill a Mockingbird is a film where a courageous, warm hearted and
distinguished lawyer takes a case on board to defend a black mans
human rights. His compassionate defence against the civil liberties of
an exceedingly marginalised black man, Tom Robinson and their human
rights and individual liberties in general, cost's him friendships and
the town's respect. On the other hand, he earns the love and
admiration of his two children; they in particular need that awe as
they have lost a mother. Even though the case had such a foregone
conclusion, Academy award winning actor Gregory Peck stepped forward
to defend Tom Robinson because of his passion towards the human rights
and marginalising of coloured citizens.

The film was set in a deprived southern town during the great
depression, where so many innocent, underprivileged coloured men were
wrongly accused and lynched to sinister deaths.

There were many things that would have influenced Harper Lee to write
the book 'To kill a mockingbird', however; there are a couple of
essential factors that I think would have influenced him greatly.
Firstly, the book was written during the period of the great
depression, where paranoia swept the land and marginalisation was a
common site. Many people like Harper lee would have mourned at the
frequent sites of discrimination of the poor, religion, blacks and
even the rich. However, the constant marginalisation of blacks would
have driven some people crazy. The film produces a complex message of
Harper Lee's feelings. Therefore, the great depression and repression
of blacks were the main factors that would have influenced Harper lee
and Horton Foots (the script writer) to write the book (and the film).
You could also say his past experiences influenced him to write the
book.

The film explores the topic of marginalisation in few simple ways. The
repression of coloured men was extremely full on and this shown in the
film on a couple of occasions. For instance, Atticus is disturbed by
the way some of the poor farmers threaten the wrongly accused coloured
man, Tom Robinson for something they all know he didn't do. Another
example is the way most the prejudice villagers treated Boo,
differently and without much respect, as if he was a wild creature. In
my opinion, Harper Lee wanted to express his feeling in a way that
wouldn't cause too much attention and wasn't going to do any harm. So
writing a novel was just perfect, and he could send a message
expressing his own, personal feelings.

There were a couple of effective scenes. One of which, personally had
a meaningful message and really stood out. The...

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