I just finished the book in my English class and I think it's one of my new favorites. I've never read anything with so much thought and honestly, it's most likely because of my teacher, whose favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. I quote her, "When I die, I hope they bury me with my copy on top of my heart." She's a little out there. I should probably also mention that she has a shirt with "I <3 Atticus" on it.
But seriously, the character of Atticus Finch is one of the best literary characters ever. In class, we discussed things like his parenting style, which is how I can only hope to raise children. Another thing is that one needs courage in order to have integrity (ask me all about it, I wrote a 2 1/2 page paper on it within 42 minutes of class; I think I might have acquired carpel tunnel). Atticus has courage because he has a black maid, Calpurnia, taking care of his kids in 1930's racist Alabama. The integrity aspect of that is that he believes in her.
Okay, enough about the book (even though I could talk about it all day long). The movie, while sometimes frustrating that they left out significant parts, was excellent. It definetely deserved the Oscar it got. The selections of cast are impeccable and I couldn't visualize anybody else playing Atticus rather than Gregory Peck, Scout rather than Mary Badham or Jem rather than Philip Alford.
This was Robert Duvall's film debut. From reading the description of Boo Radley in the book, I still couldn't grasp a visual of him. But once he appeared on screen, I finally saw, right in front of me, how fragile and childlike this thirty something recluse man really was. Boo has spent the majority, if not all of his life sitting in his house doing who knows what, then comes out on a random night to save two innocent kids while doing the town a favor and killing it's resident drunk. In the movie, Boo says absolutely nothing, but the look on Scout's face when she realizes he is the man that saved her is so moving and powerful I couldn't help but get a little weepy.
There is so much more I could say but I'll stop myself before I really go crazy. I'll just leave you with this, as I laughed until tears blurred my vision when I saw it.
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Sidenote: I got photoshop for Christmas, so if you see the top banner for the blog change, like, A LOT, I probably got bored and decided to make a new one.