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Comparison Between To Kill A Mockingbird and A Time To Kill

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Hannah Fenton

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Transcript of Comparison Between To Kill A Mockingbird and A Time To Kill

Comparison of
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Time To Kill

'Mickey Mouse' is a member of the KKK. He makes phones calls to Jake Brigance's house and to his wife to inform them of what they were planning to do. He also saves Ellen Roark when they kidnap her.
"Thank you for my children, Arthur," (Harper Lee)
In A Time To Kill, the KKK is violent towards Jake and his family: They burn cross' on their lawn, Try to bomb their house, make threats on the phone and burn their house down.

In To Kill A Mockingbird, Bob Ewell made threats towards Atticus and tried to hurt his children.
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Time To Kill
can easily be compared due to their prominent themes of racism.
Both stories have their own "guardian angels". In To Kill A Mockingbird, Boo Radley looks out for the children and in A Time To Kill 'Mickey Mouse' warns the characters danger.
Both stories take place in southern America where racism is common, but both Atticus and Jake are forward thinkers.

They are devoted to the cases and who they are defending because they believe it is the right thing to do.

Atticus's and Jake's closing arguments show their devotion and what they believe in.
Jake Brigance: "And until we can see each other as equals, justice is never going to be even-handed. It will remain nothing more than a reflection of our own prejudices" (Joel Schumacher)

Atticus Finch: "Every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one's mine, I guess." (Harper Lee)
Set in Mississippi in the 1980's
A 10 year old black girl was raped by two racist white men
Carl Lee Hailey, her father, shot the two men and wanted Jake Brigance to defend him in court
The KKK was violent towards Jake and his family
There are riots and violence between the KKK and people supporting Carl Lee.
Jake's closing argument has a big impact on the jury and Carl Lee is found innocent
A Time To Kill
Jake sent his wife and daughter away to keep them from danger.
"This morning Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he’d get him if it took the rest of his life." (Harper Lee)

Bob Ewell also tried to stab Atticus's children later on.
The book, To Kill A Mockingbird, and the movie, A Time To Kill, are similar and can be compared using their relating themes. The protagonists are both open minded and forward thinkers, threats and violent acts are made against them, and in each story there is also a character that protects the innocent people. Even though these stories were written about 30 years apart, they still relate quite closely.
Works Cited
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. Print.
A Time to Kill. Dir. Joel Schumacher. 1996.
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