Critical Analysis of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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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
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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 three children decided to go and stalk around Boo's house. At this point in time, they were terrified of him, even though they had never seen or heard him. Boo was marginalised because he was a little retarded and had grown a reputation around the village, and in this case, not a very good one. Scout, Jem and Dill were just about to enter

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