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Gregory Peck's Portrayal of Atticus Finch

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English Coursework Gregory Peck's Portrayal of Atticus Finch In the book To Kill A Mockingbird there are many characters but one character that stands out for being strong minded and having his own unique view about Maycomb is Atticus Finch. In the book Atticus is described thoroughly and only a few aspects of the character are left up to the imagination of the reader. For example when Atticus says to Jem and Scout, "shoot all the blue jays you want, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." When I first read this I had to think twice before I knew what was meant by it, but in the film Gregory Peck's body language and expression help portray what is meant by the quote and gives a clear view on what is being said. ...read more.


"Hush Heck" (Atticus) Aswell as this, Miss Maudie tells the children "Well did you know he's the best checker-player in this town?" Jem and Scout are amazed, so obviously Atticus has never told them, which again delineate his modesty. All the separate incidents that happen in the novel are just written, so it is easy to imagine. But putting the book to screen must be exceedingly difficult as the characters, set and actions must bear a resemblance to the book and what the reader imagines it to be like. I think that the director has done a brilliant job of putting a book to screen as the characters and neighbourhood is just as I imagined, although it could be different for any other individual person as they might have imagined something totally different. ...read more.


From what Miss Maudie says we get an idea that there is only one side to Atticus. The treatment Atticus Finch gets in the novel seems to be less harsh than in the film, especially when Bob Ewell spits in Atticus's face and threatens to kill him. In the book this seemed a lot less real but when acted out it is quite a powerful scene and depicts just how much anger and tension there is involved in this case. The acting brings this whole part of the story alive, whereas when reading the scene it doesn't give the reader a very good and clear picture of the amount of tension and who it is between. All in all I feel that Gregory Peck has done an unsurpassed job of portraying Atticus Finch. Every little detail and part of Atticus that I imagine has been brought to the screen exquisitely. Nathan Ball ...read more.

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