Scout’s Perception in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (movie)
The Classic Motion Picture produced by Robert Mulligan ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ investigates the racial prejudice in Maycomb, a fictional town in the deep south of America. Through narration by a grown up scout, the leading protagonist we gain an insight to how the world ran in her youth. As Scout recites her exhilarating Childhood we witness her discovery of prejudice and racial profiling in her community. As these stories unfold we see her innocence fade as she becomes enlightened to the world around her.
In the beginning of the text Scout shows no racism or prejudice, she believes in equality as this is what her father Atticus has taught her. He does not tell her to do this but instead he leads by example. One of the ways he does this is by showing no prejudice to Calpurnia, the houses maid who happens to be African – American. Scout had never seen any other treatment that people received. This changed when Scout, Jem and Dill visit the courthouse they observe the harsh treatment of Tom Robinson. After she starts school other children say how Atticus is defending a Ni**er, she confronts Atticus and he responded "For a number of reasons. The main one is that if I didn't, I couldn't hold my head up in town. I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something' again”. These courses of events cause scout to realise how other people think.
Scout discovers the most about the beliefs of her town when she attends the trial of Tom Robinson, who is a wrongfully accused farmer who is a Negro. We see Atticus put forward a defence which disproves the testimony against Tom by Mayella Ewell, the woman who accused Tom of rape and assault. Scout believes in her father and in human kindness although she did not expect the jury to vote Tom guilty. She realizes that Tom was not voted guilty because of the information given by Mayella or Atticus, it was simply because he is black.
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