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ninanay | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM via web

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Is Atticus Finch's closing statement in the original work To Kill a Mockingbird different from the adapted play by Christopher Sergel?

Does Atticus mention Einstein in his closing court argument in the original book, or was it added by the author of the play? It does not appear in the screenplay of the movie with Gregory Peck.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM (Answer #2)

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In the original text of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch does mention the famous scientist Albert Einstein in his final summation to the jury in the Tom Robinson trial. The quotation can be found in Chapter 20, in the next-to-last paragraph of Atticus' plea to the jury--six paragraphs from the end of the chapter.

"--there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man an equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court."

I don't have a copy of the Christopher Sergel play adaptation, so I can't comment if the quote is exact or not. (Sergel's play version is performed in Monroeville, Alabama each May, with local townspeople playing the roles.) It is correct that the mention of Einstein was not included in the film version.

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