To Kill a Mockingbird…

Every chapter of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a revelation in itself. I understand that making a movie out of such a book is very difficult and some or the other parts of the book will have to be sacrificed for the larger good! Yet, every time, I watch the movie, or read the book, I wonder why the movie-makers decided to cut out one of the most important parts of the book, which ends with the death of Mrs. Dubose, and with the following discussion between Atticus and Jem:

“‘A lady?’ Jem raised his head. His face was scarlet. ‘After all those things she said about you, a lady?’

‘She was. She had her own views about things, a lot different from mine, maybe… Son, I told you that if even you hadn’t lost your head I’d have made you go read to her. I wanted you to see something about her. I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.'”


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