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Explore the ways in which the ideas, themes and narrative techniques of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" are represented in the title sequence of the film.

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Explore the ways in which the ideas, themes and narrative techniques of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" are represented in the title sequence of the film. The title sequence of the film "To Kill a Mockingbird" represents the ideas and themes of the novel in several ways. For instance in the first shot, we could see the title "To Kill a Mockingbird" scribbled on a paper and rubbed off by a little girl, this is symbolic as it shows us it is important. Just like the novel, it is rubbed off to hint us the story will be from a child's point of view. In another shot, a watch used for timing was seen. This denotes the ticking of time in the novel, it relates to the novel as it shows time passing and the journey of the narrator through childhood. Above all, the watch is a symbolism for responsibility which will be passed on to Jem from Atticus to take care of his younger sister, Scout. ...read more.


In the film version, the child draws a bird and rips it apart. The bird represents the Mockingbird in the novel which is described as a peaceful bird which does nothing but "sing their heart out to mankind," but treated unjustly. As the child rips it off she makes a sound like "oops," this makes us feel the little girl is doing something unknowingly, it also connotes the destruction of innocence and the death of the Mockingbird in the novel version. Another technique used to reflect the theme of growing up is the lighting. The opening scene in the film was stereotyped as "black and white"; this is successful as it mirrors it as being dull, solemn as well as retrospective. This can be referred back to the novel as it is about the narrator Scout looking back at the positive and negative events which affected her childhood. In the film, most of the shots are in extreme close ups. ...read more.


The calm high note shows the climax of destruction after Tom Robinson's conviction while the single music note shows how the children tried to return to their normal life after the death of Tom. The single note also reviews how the children try to understand why Boo Radley (one of the Mockingbirds) stays indoors to keep away from the prejudice in Maycomb. Finally, in the film sequence, we hear a pencil landing heavily while the girl rips up the paper and her voice matches up with it, this connotes the death of the Mockingbird. This relates to the novel as Scout grows up realizing there was injustice in the society and stands on the porch with Boo Radley understanding how it feels standing in his shoes. In conclusion, the title sequence in the opening scene explores the ideas and themes in the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" carefully using different media techniques such as the sound effects, the lighting and the camera shots. GCSE Morolake.A "To Kill a Mockingbird" Media ...read more.

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