Black and White Are Not Just Colors

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To Kill a Mockingbird:
Black and White Have Never Just Been Colors
Angie Scott
IVY Tech Community College

To Kill a Mockingbird, Black and White Have Never Just Been Colors
Discrimination and prejudice transcend the ages, and the 1962 Oscar nominated film To Kill a Mockingbird shows us exactly that. It shows us that emotional, physical, and social choices we as human beings make will affect us and our world for generations to come. The film provides us with lessons in mankind that we can use in our world today. Upon your first viewing, you may not feel like it has relevance in your life today. You may be of the opinion that the world that Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson lived in is a far cry from our world today, but current events reflect otherwise. Most of us can remember the famous words spoken during the Los Angeles riots in 1992 by Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?”, and we all can never forget where we were the moment the towers were struck on September 11, 2001. Very different in their own rights, each of these events was caused by prejudice or discrimination. While the top notch acting is unsurpassed in our world of CGI, 3D, and High Definition movie making, no breathtaking stunts, superheroes, fantastic cliffhangers, or 3D glasses are required to watch To Kill a Mockingbird. Gregory Peck, the actor who portrayed Atticus Finch, still stands 49 years since its original release, the greatest movie hero of the 20th century (American Film Institute, 4 June 2003). The story itself is one of triumph and defeat, loss and gain, and the lengths that a man of great character will go to in order to make sure everyone is treated as an equal no matter the color of their skin.
The movie touches on the rape trial of a local African American named Tom Robinson and his court appointed attorney Atticus Finch in 1930’s Alabama. The character Atticus…...

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