To Kill A Mockingbird

Much of To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the court room. Original photo by Danielle/ (used under license).
Does Ed Harris do justice to the role of Atticus Finch?

By Andrew Andrews

Many of us first read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird as an assignment in a high school class on American literature.

Released nearly seventy years ago, the story exposes the issues of class, gender roles, incest and racism that Lee witnessed as a youngster in depression-era Alabama.

If you’re not familiar with the plot: a girl named Scout tries to make sense of the death of white townsman Bob Ewell from falling on his own knife, after his black neighbor Tom Robinson goes to trial, accused of raping Ewell’s daughter.

Most of the story is told through a flashback, as Scout, her brother Jem and a friend named Dill struggle to live up to the expectations of their morally-upstanding widowed father, Atticus Finch.

Atticus, the lawyer for the defendant and a strong proponent of racial equality in the segregated South, nonetheless insists that the racist locals should not be judged until you’ve had a chance to crawl around in their skin.

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Andrew Andrews attended To Kill A Mockingbird at Sam S. Shubert Theatre in New York on Saturday, November 30, 2019 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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