Because many of the injustices that were depicted in the movie remain relevant even today, the movie still has staying power nearly fifty years after its initial release.
In 1962, the movie stood as a reminder of the effects of racial ignorance and it remains as such.
The timing of the release of the movie is highly significant.
The civil rights movement that was initiated to combat the very concerns addressed by the movie was fully active and this movie was a voice for the injustice that was occurring at the time.
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[Read More] Scout and Jem are likewise tormented by their classmates because of their father's courageous decision to defend an obviously innocent man.She does not stay in school because "with two members of the family reading and writing, there was no need for the rest of them to learn -- Papa needed them at home" (Lee 183). This is demonstrated when she believes Atticus, the defense attorney is mocking her when he addresses her as Miss Mayella, and is offended when Atticus asks if she has any friends, believing that he is making fun of her.……[Read More] Kill a Mockingbird The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by author Harper Lee tells the story of a southern American family living in a rural community during the Great Depression.Mulligan could have soften the message and still have captured the essence of the book upon which the movie was based but, instead, Mulligan made a deliberate statement in the way that he portrayed the characters in the story and how the movie told the story.He took on the ways of the American South where the beliefs of men, despite their moral depravity, ruled their actions instead of the……As Atticus warns his children, "it is sin to kill a mockingbird." In the movie Boo and Tom Robinson are similar to the mockingbird in that they are harmless individuals who would never intentionally hurt anyone, yet, both are harmed seriously in the movie and those who are hurting them is like shooting a mockingbird.The mockingbird symbolizes the good in life but, as the conviction and death of Tom Robinson demonstrates, evil has the power to overcome the mockingbird's goodness.The wholesomeness of the black community is contrasted with the poor whites in the Maycomb community who are depicted as being poor not because of their race but because of their inherent laziness and lack of ambition.Their living conditions are deplorable; their dress is filthy; they are rude; and, they ignore and abuse their children.The younger children are perpetually sick and dirty.They made their shoes out of strips of old tires salvaged from the dump.