In the book To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus tells Jem to never shoot a mockingbird. All mockingbirds do is sing their music for us, they are innocent, to kill them would be a sin. The book has two major focus points about it, one being Boo Radley and the other being the trial of a black man. The whole book is symbolism, it completes the metaphor about the mockingbirds and teaches morals about life. When the book first starts it almost sounds as if the author chose the most random thing possible to get the readers attention. As the book progresses though you realize that it talks about part of the story towards the end. The plot of the book starts easy enough, but after reading farther you see that it is very complicated. The whole book has symbolism and metaphors all over the place that cause you to think about what they mean. This book has been used in the classroom for a long time. Some have mentioned that this book is old and that we shouldn’t use it any more, but it teaches so much and is relevant to everyday life. The author sometimes gets off topic, but other than that I thought the book was very good and that others should use it.
I think that the film of To Kill a Mockingbird is okay. It portrays the book pretty well and the characters were well chosen. I don’t like how the movie cuts out and changes things. I think that they should have kept it a little closer to the book. I do understand, however, that everything in the book can’t be put into a short movie. I’m not sure whether or not they had the choice, because I don’t know when the movie was made, but I love how it’s in black and white. I think that it was a good idea to have it like that because the book is set in the 1930’s. Even though I liked the book a lot better, the movie was well done.