To Eliminate a Mockingbird Identity
OUR SURROUNDINGS AND THE PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES SHAPE OUR IDENTITY. Good early morning girls and Gentlemen. Do our environments and individuals in our lives shape our identity? I will explore how this quote is shown in the novel “To Eliminate a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, the movie ‘Witness’, by Peter Weir, and the movie ‘The Lion King’ by Roger Allers. The significance of identity is not easily specified. Identity normally refers to the steady specifying qualities of an individual that makes them a person.
I will check out a number of parallel styles apparent in all 3 texts; the impact of courage, violence, discrimination, faith and the revolutionary nature of the protagonists whose identity is formed by these styles. Harper Lee checks out the style of identity in the novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ primarily through the protagonist Scout Finch, a persistent gamine, who struggles to comprehend the social strata in the prejudiced, devoutly spiritual town of Maycomb through a journey of self-discovery.
Her dad’s mentors and significant events that occur in her life, permit Scout to check out the issues of bigotry, courage and stability and her realisation that justice does not constantly dominate. The surroundings and the people in her life result in Scout losing her innocence and cause her to develop and comprehend how society works and to become a moral crusader. Scout develops a moral conscience through her exposure to occasions such as racial discrimination. Her father, Atticus Finch, instils in his kids, a strong sense of integrity and fairness.
This appears through the quotation, ‘I drew a bead on him, remembered what Atticus had actually said, then dropped my fists and left … It was the first time I ever walked away from a fight. In some way, if I combated Cecil I would let Atticus down.’ The members of the Maycomb society act disapprovingly even abusively towards Scout in relation to their moral position on race relations, they likewise show gender inequality towards Scout for non-conformity. ‘Auntie Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire.
I might not possibly want to be a girl if I wore breeches’ When Scout listened to the missionary society ladies discuss how black people are not as good as them she stated … I ‘d let Tom Robinson go so quick the Missionary Society would not have time to capture its breath’. Scout learns to look at life from all angles prior to drawing a conclusion. Scout’s remarks indicate her understanding that her daddy has taught her, of racial discrimination and injustice.
Scout is exposed to gender inequality, social bias and racial discrimination, which she has a hard time to understand. This is likewise apparent in the movie ‘Witness’, by Peter Weir explores the advancement of the characters John Book and Rachel Lapp through the advances in their relationship. These primary characters are defined by their experiences throughout the film as Rachel is corrupted due to her direct exposure to Schedule’s violent world and Book ends up being respectful of the Amish lifestyle.
Through Rachel’s relationship with Book it is evident that her identity as an Amish follower lessens and she becomes a non-conformist, which is represented when Rachel eliminates her bonnet and follows Book. Through her relationship with Book, Rachel becomes a passionate and brave woman however she can not brake with her standard connections to the Amish way of life. Another example of Rachel’s identity being formed by her relationship with Book is her pacifist ideology. As an Amish fan violence is strictly restricted, no matter the circumstances.
During the beginning of the film, Rachel’s intolerance to violence is clear when she states that she does not ‘like the idea of her kid investing all this time with a guy who brings a gun and walks around whacking people’ nevertheless, as the film advances, it is apparent that Rachel is more comfortable and accepting of Book bring a gun. Discrimination is evident in the film when Book defends the Amish when they are threatened by the English. He responds with violence, which shows his compassion for the Amish and their vilification in society.
Nevertheless it also indicates his failure to denounce violence when he states ‘It’s my way’. Towards the end of the film Book has demonstrated that he had the ability to bypass violence in favour of a peaceful resolution. Reserve at first discovers it challenging to absorb into an Amish lifestyle. Needing to live by their values sees Reserve as more accepting and considerate of their belief structures, as seen when he quelches making use of violence when confronted by the English at the end of the movie.
As outlined it is evident in the film ‘Witness’ that the primary characters identities are shaped by their surroundings and the people around them. ‘The Lion King’ by Roger Allers includes Simba, a young lion cub, struggling to find his location in ‘the circle of life’ who eventually grows into his father due to his strong influence shaping his identity. His dad, King Mufasa teaches Simba the ‘fragile balance of nature which bonds all animals together’, and warns him to prepare for the day he will be called upon to rule revealed by the quote, “Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance.
As king, you require to comprehend that balance, and respect all the creatures.” Mufasa and Simba share an unique bond and throughout the movie his identity starts to imitate that of his daddies. Simba establishes a strong belief structure based on courage and respect due to his daddy’s spirituality. Mufasa informs him that; “The fantastic Kings of the past look down on us from those stars’. This impacts his identity through his connection to his forefathers, which supplies convenience and courage when he requires it most.
After being incorrectly accused of murdering his father due the violent and inequitable Scar, Simba runs away the Pride lands, and his duty as King. Simba ends up being familiarized with Timon, the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog, and adjusts a ‘no worries’ lifestyle, as the unlikely couple teaches him their morals of forgetting the past and living in today and their philosophy of ‘Hakuna Matata,’ or ‘No worries,’ which they impart in him. Simba’s inherent royalty and divinity had been forgotten through a mix of Scar’s deception and his own disrupted initiation into adulthood.
It is through the reflection in the water of his daddy’s image that Simba is first able to see this inner quality and it allows him to make the last modification essential to finish his transition to be bold and regain his kingship due to Mufasa’s suggestions to Simba is to remember who he really is, the child of a king. At the conclusion of the story, both Scar and Sarabi, Simba’s mom, mistook Simba for his dad. It was not only his physical similarity, but his maturity that makes him look like Mufasa.
He has actually become like his daddy and got the wisdom of a real king. After Scar’s defeat, Simba strolls up the cliff to take his place as king. As shown, it is clear to see that the protagonists in all 3 studied texts are affected by their surroundings and individuals in their lives. Their identities have changed through a procedure of maturity and reflection from immature and naive characters to socially accountable, moral crusaders to lead much deeper more significant lives. Thankyou.