Harper Lee wrote one of the most beloved books of all time. To Kill A Mockingbird is a book that has been read time after time in high schools across America, only for many more people to enjoy this story. In 1962, To Kill A Mockingbird became a movie that reached critical acclaim everywhere.
The movie follows closely to the book by taking place in a small southern town. The narrator of the story is a young girl named Scout who learns that her father is defending a black man on trial for rape. Although, Scout is unaware of the severity of the crime she sees her family become more ostracized. When her father Atticus explains the reasoning behind this, Scout starts to understand more. As the film goes on we watch as Scout is able to live a life as normal as possible with her father going out of his way to protect his family. When Scout manages to make it into the courtroom for the final moments of the trial she watches in horror as Tom Robinson is sent to prison for a crime that he did not commit. It is obvious that the girl who accused Tom of raping her was lying, yet not even Atticus’s impassioned closing argument can sway the jury. Atticus tells Tom that he will appeal the judgement in hopes that Tom will be able to be set free. Unfortunately, Atticus receives the news that Tom was killed while trying to escape jail. When Atticus goes over to comfort Tom’s grieving family he is met by the father of girl who accused Tom of rape. He has been humiliated in the court room due to Atticus asking the questions about the crime his daughter was asked. As he leaves, he tells Atticus that he will get revenge for what he did to his family. Later on Scout and her brother Jeb go to a Halloween party where she is dressed up as a ham. On the way home Scout and Jeb are attacked by the fatehr of the young girl, but are saved by a mysterious figure. Once at home Scout is able to identify the man who had saved her and Jeb’s life as Boo Radley. Boo Radley is a local recluse who many of the kids believe had killed a man among many other rumors. The movie closes with Boo stepping out of the shadows as he is being thanked for saving the life of Atticus Finch’s children.
Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, so today would have been her ninetieth birthday. To Kill A Mockingbird is a story that she wrote based on her childhood experiences in the south. Today, not only is her book beloved, but so is the movie that has many cheering over and over again.