To Kill a Mockingbird

Posted: August 30, 2008 in Peace

We watched the classic movie, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” last night. I’ve read the book, but until last night I don’t think I had watched the movie in its entirety. It was amazing. Atticus Finch, both in literature and on the big screen, is one of the greatest fictional characters of all time.

My favorite scene comes after Attticus lost the verdict on Tom Robinson’s behalf, when he gathered up his stuff to leave. Well, check it out on YouTube below – if you don’t have ten minutes, let it load so you can fast forward to the 5:00 mark. From 5:00 to 6:15 is a short movie clip that I can only dream would define my life.

After the movie, I watched a bonus feature about the movie. In it, a black attorney from Alabama made a statement that addressed one of my deepest values and framed it in such a way that touched something deep inside me. He said that Atticus Finch lived in such a way that he was peerless – which is to say that in breaking down all the walls that divide people, he possessed a sense of integrity that no one else shared. Yet in being peerless in this way, the attorney noted that to Atticus Finch everyone became his peer.

I cannot claim that this is even close to me. At least I can’t say this yet. But I can aspire to such greatness. And thank both Harper Lee and Gregory Peck for giving me such an unforgettable picture of this goal.

  1. grammybourque says:

    A very admirable but attainable aspiration. This is my favorite book, movie, and character of all time! (Sorry Mr. Grisham) Your excitement and enthusiasm are infectious – a good way to start the day.

  2. alsturgeon says:

    Thank you, Debbie! Hearing from you was a good way to start MY day!!!

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