Department of History
April 14, 2012, 2012
One of the most important themes in To Kill a Mockingbird is the existence of social inequality, as well as whether people are essentially good or evil. Throughout out the movie we watch the transformation of Jem and Scout, two of the main characters who are children, from a view of childhood innocence where they assume everyone is good because they had never experienced evil. The children’s new more adult perspective in which they incorporate their understanding of evil into their view of the world is a very important transition in the movie. This transition reveals the threat of hatred, prejudice and ignorance for innocent people. These three qualities are explored through the social inequalities that are prevalent in the movement.
To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, during the 1930s and is centered on Scout Finch and her Brother Jem. The story covers roughly three years and during this time Jem and Scout go through changes in their lives. The children begin as innocent and carefree, and spend their time playing with each other while secretly spying on Arthur Radley, also called “Boo”. The father of the children is Atticus Finch, he is a town lawyer who is idealistic and believes that people should be treated fairly and to stand up for what you believe in.
Finch is given a case in which an innocent black man, Tom Robinson, has been accused of rape and is found guilty even though there is evidence that he was innocent. One of Finches main argument’s is that Robinson has a crippled left, and the assailant would have had to use his left arm extensively to go through with the crime. Another powerful argument Finch has is that the victim was not examined by a doctor after the assault, to check for signs of rape. Finch is well aware of the racial prejudices felt by many in the town and he makes a plea to the Jury to put aside their...