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To Kill A Mockingbird

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Every year our family watches the classic movie “To Kill A Mockingbird” – with Gregory Peck.  It is a poignant story of life in a small southern town during the depression – and one man’s fight against racism and prejudice – during a time when it was not popular or politically correct.

It is also a love story.  A love story between a single Father and his children.  And a love story between an outcast of society – who lives next door – and his great love and protection for those children.

It is about misconception – prejudice – small mindedness and human nature  - where fear is the motivating force.  It is about hope and belief that things and people CAN be better and change.

I read the book many years ago – and even studied it in high school.  It has many themes in it and is timeless in it’s simple message of love, life and hope.

The music composed in this movie is by Elmer Bernstein – and it is one of my very favorites.  It is childlike – and yet haunting and beautiful at the same time – very emotional and deep.  Below is the main theme from the movie.  If you have not had the opportunity to see this great film – made in the early 60′s – I would encourage you to do so – you won’t regret it.  It is our tradition to watch it every Halloween.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”    Atticus Finch

Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever hear Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.  “You’re father’s right,” she said.  “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.  They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.  That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mocking bird.”

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