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“You Never Really Understand A Person Until You Consider Things From His Point Of View – Until You Climb Into His Skin And Walk Around In It” Discuss This Statement, With Reference To ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ And ‘A Time To Kill’

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Compare/Contrast Essay

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"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." Discuss this statement with reference to "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "A Time to Kill"

The novel To Kill a Mockingbird (TKaM) and the film A Time to Kill (ATtK) were set in the south of the United States in the twentieth century. There were lots of problems concerning the Afro-Americans, white people used to treat them unevenly. Black people were discriminated against as they did not have as many rights as other races. Racism was a dominant issue in the lives of the Black Peoples of America.

One of the major issues presented in the film and in the novel was crime, killing and rule of law from different perspectives; mainly from whites' and blacks' perspectives. Both titles had racial issues in trials which led to violence and mayhem in both cities.

There were two victims of rape in both titles, Mayella Violet Ewell, a nineteen year old white girl, who was "the victim of a rape" in the novel, and Tonya Hailey, a ten year old black girl, who got raped on her way back home from the grocery store. In the novel, the person who was accused of raping Mayella was a black man named Tom Robinson. He was a father of three kids who was known for his good moral and kind treatment to the people of Maycomb, including Mayella. In the movie, the two redneck molesters were alcoholic, full of hatred and racists against black people. They had no mercy to little Tonya who was yelling and seeking for help. Tonya was tightened violently by the rednecks and dropped in the woods and was found bleeding. The doctors, who treated her, confirmed that she was brutally raped to an extent that she can never have any children in the future. Her molesters were arrested and taken to trail. Both titles also included a struggle for justice and equity in a mixed society of black and white people. During the flow of Tom's trial, his innocence was evident; in fact the rape was doubted, as there were no medical checks of the victim. Yet, Tom was convicted of raping Mayella by the jury. As in the movie, Tonya's dad, Carl Lee, a black worker, imagined the brutal situation his little girl was in, which was too hard for him to forgive and forget. Accordingly, he sought revenge by killing the two molesters who raped his innocent girl while taken to court.

Carl Lee was defended by a white young man called Jake Brigance, while Tom's representative at court was Atticus, a white lawyer as well. Both lawyers believed that all races should have equal rights and both willed to fight against racism in their hometowns. Atticus' children had to deal with the harassment of the majority of the citizens in Maycomb;...

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