This week marked the 53rd anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Did you know there’s no official gift for a 53rd anniversary? The 50th is gold, and the 55th is emerald. I’ve been trying to figure out something that would be appropriate for the momentous occasion, and all I can come up with is a quick and simple video guide to this, the best book that most of us ever read in high school. Of course, it’s a gift for readers, and not for Ms. Lee, but she seems to like her privacy, so we’ll just leave it at that. Take a look:
Video Sparknotes: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Summary
Yeah, I know that Sparknotes have a bad reputation amongst readerly types out there (myself included), but this is a pretty good summary without giving away too much of the beauty of the book. You still have to read the words to get the full effect.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqkohqLvClI[/youtube]
Thug Notes – To Kill a Mockingbird
For those who appreciate a more…um…culturally relevant…take on the classics.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IntI62LWSJA[/youtube]
Trailer for the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird
Even though the movie all but ignores one of the major plot points of the novel, it is still one of the best movies of its time.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi88P7KfaMA[/youtube]
All Men Are Created Equal – Clip from To Kill a Mockingbird
Gregory Peck will always be who we see when we picture Atticus Finch in our heads, and that is because of moments’s like this one:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x6njs-cGUE[/youtube]
AFI chose Peck’s Atticus Finch as the #1 Hero on its list of 100 Years….100 Heroes & Villains.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVVzZjiS8Bo[/youtube]
The full-length film is available for rental via YouTube.
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