To what extent was I pulled into each movie as a participant rather than as an observer?
This week I watched two movies. They are: “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “In the Heat of the Night”. The first movie was released in 1962 and the second one in 1967. They created these movies in the 60s, which was an era of many things, such as the Civil Rights Era. The first movie I will discuss is “To Kill a Mockingbird”. This movie takes place in the 20s or 30s. The place is in Maycomb, Alabama. The movie is about a man named Atticus, who is a lawyer and has 2 children. Jem and Scout. Jem is a boy and Scout is a girl. One day, they meet a boy next door named Dill. He is a boy who visits his aunt during the summer.
They talk about a rumor. It is a guy named Arthur “Boo” Radley. The adults say he is insane, and the adults don’t want the children near him. However, the children do not listen, and they try to get a close look at what he looks like. This is because they don’t know what he looks like, and he never leaves his house. During that time, he leaves out gifts for Jem and Scout in a tree. While that is happening, Atticus has to do a task for Judge Taylor. He is defending a black man, Thomas Robinson, who was accused of raping a young woman named Mayella Ewell. The next day, the kids go to the courthouse to spy on Atticus, and they see a black man. They have many questions, but Atticus won’t tell the children, so they go back home.
When the school year came, Dill had to leave. School was very stressful, especially for Scout. The reason is that the children are mocking the family. This has to do with the fact that Atticus is defending Robinson, and they don’t like that. Adults don’t like this either. One guy, named Bob Ewell, called him bad names because of it. Scout tries to fight them, but Atticus does not want her to. Atticus had to defend Robinson at night, because the white people wanted to kill him. The children snuck out of the house to stop the crowd. Then they went home. The next day was the major trial and many people were going to be there. The children may not have watched, but they went anyway. They went to the top room of the courtroom, because that was where the blacks could sit. The whites sat at the bottom of the courtroom.
Mayella was telling her story of what happened, but Atticus asked her a few other questions. He was suspicious because he knew she was lying. Finally, they ask Robinson to tell them what happened. It turned out that Mayella had lied and Robinson was telling the truth. Mayella was trying to seduce him and trying to do bad things with him. He did not want to do anything with her. She was acting like he had done something bad to her. When Bob arrived home, he found Robinson in his home. That is Robinson’s story. Even when Robinson told the truth, some jury members believed Mayella and some believed Robinson. He was arrested.
After the court session ended, the children went home. As they got home, they received news that Robinson was dead. He died because he tried to escape prison, but failed. Atticus had to tell Robinson’s family, especially his wife, Helen, this news. It devastated them. Bob goes to the Robinson house and spits on Atticus’s face. He vowed revenge. One day, a Halloween Pageant was happening at the children’s school. Jem and Scout went there, and after they left, they were followed. They tried to get home as soon as possible, but Jem was attacked. He was injured, but not dead. Scout was scared that she would get hurt, but someone saved them.
A guy carries Jem back to Atticus’s house. Scout follows along. She runs in, and she is scared of what is happening. Most of all, she was worried about Jem. He is alright, but in a coma. His arm was also broken. The police came by and said Bob Ewell was dead. It turns out Bob was trying to harm the kids. Someone reveals their face and it is Boo. He saved the children and killed Bob. He is respected and is not considered insane anymore. The Scout walks him back to his house, and that is the end of this movie.
The second movie I will discuss is “In the Heat of the Night”. This movie takes place in the 60s. It is about a black guy, Virgil Tibbs, who is a Homicide Investigator. He was almost mistakenly arrested by Sam Wood, an officer, due to the fact that he was black and thought he was a murderer. This is because a murder happened. A guy named Philip Colbert moved to Sparta, Mississippi. He built a factory there and earned a lot of money. However, he was murdered by someone. When the police in Sparta are interrogating Virgil, they find out he is a Homicide Investigator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an expert on homicides, and he was visiting his mother in Sparta.
The police called the Pennsylvania police and gave Virgil a task. He is to help the Sparta police solve a homicide. He does not want to due to the fact that he is in the south, where people hate blacks. He tries to agree with this anyway. Gillespie, another officer, helps Virgil out. Virgil examines the body and finds out it had been dead for a few hours and the killer was right-handed. The killer might have moved the body after Mr. Colbert died.
The next morning, the police hunted down a guy named Harvey Oberst. The police think he’s the killer. However, this is false. The reason is that Harvey is left-handed, not right-handed. Virgil tries to remind the other officers of this, but they put him in a cell. Virgil talks to Harvey and tells him that he’s on his side. Harvey admits that he saw Mr. Colbert, but did not kill him. He instead stole his wallet.
Gillespie releases Virgil from the cell. Virgil does not want to solve the homicide due to the treatment in Sparta. He waits for a train to take him home. Mr. Colbert comes in and tells the men to let Virgil solve this homicide or else she will shut down her own husband’s factory. Gillespie goes to the train station and gets Virgil to stay until they solve the homicide. Virgil agrees to stay. They tried to find their next suspect, and his name was Endicott. He owns a plantation and many blacks work there. Virgil asks Endicott if Mr. Colbert was here on the day he was murdered. Endicott slapped him in the face and Virgil slapped him back. Gillespie suggests that Virgil and him should leave. So they did.
Later, Virgil is being chased by someone. A car kept hitting him and he tried to drive away from the car. It keeps following him. Virgil stopped somewhere, hoping that he would lose them. However, that did not work and they found him. These guys were Endicott’s friends and they were going to hurt Virgil. Luckily, Gillespie arrives on time and saves Virgil. He suggests that Virgil should leave Sparta. He does not want to and he wants to solve this case.
On that same night, he asks Wood to show him the route he took that night. That night, Mr. Colbert was murdered. So he did. Wood took Virgil to a restaurant he stopped at. Then Gillespie arrives and there is a big argument going on. It had to do with the fact that Gillespie wanted Virgil to leave so that he wouldn’t get hurt. Virgil doesn’t leave. He continued to see what route Wood took last night. After they left the restaurant, Wood talked on his radio. He drives along the road. He was supposed to keep straight, but changed his route. The reason is because every night he sees a young woman who is pretty at night and he sees her each night.
The next day, Wood was arrested. Virgil is trying to tell Gillespie that Wood did not kill Mr. Colbert. He does not believe in Virgil. A few minutes later, two people arrive at the station. A young woman named Delores and her brother Purdy. According to Purdy, he says that Delores got pregnant by a man. His name is Wood. When Virgil comes in, Purdy seems uncomfortable. The reason is obvious. There was a black man in the room, who was Virgil. Purdy told Virgil to leave, but Gillespie said no.
Delores talks about the night she had with Wood. At night, Purdy picks up Virgil. It was because Delores was getting an abortion. He drops him off at that place. Virgil waits for Delores to enter, but as soon as she sees Virgil, she runs away. However, Virgil caught her and then her boyfriend, Ralph, pointed his gun at Virgil to release her. When this happens, two cars approach. The same car Virgil was being chased by the other day and some of Purdy’s buddies.
Virgil told Purdy to look at Delores’ purse. He does so and finds a lot of cash in there. Ralph shoots Purdy and Delores is scared. Gillespie arrives just in time to arrest Ralph. He admitted that he had murdered Mr. Colbert. He was going to work at Mr. Colbert’s new factory, but he attacked him. Mr. Colbert had died. Ralph wanted to rob him, not kill him. Ralph is behind bars. Virgil goes to the train station and says goodbye to Gillespie. That is the end of this movie.
To what extent was I pulled into each movie as a participant rather than as an observer? Well, in the first movie, I was pulled in as a participant in the court scene, but for most of the movie I was an observer. Then in the second movie, I was pulled in a little when there was an examination of the dead body and how smart Virgil was at examining the body. I was also pulled in when they interrogated different people, especially towards the end of the movie. It was regarded as a detective movie. I was also an observer for some parts of the movie too. Therefore, I was pulled into each movie as a participant rather than as an observer in both movies. However, the second movie pulled me in more than the first one.
This was my essay for English 4 Lesson 150 I hope you enjoyed it.