To Kill a Mockingbird: The Book vs. The Movie Essay
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There are many differences between the book; To Kill a Mockingbird and the movie. Some differences are easy to spot and some aren’t. Many things that are in the book aren’t in the movie. Many of these things you don’t need, but are crucial to the plot of the book. Movies and books have differences and similarities, but many things in books MUST be included in the movie.
In the beginning of the movie, it opens up with Scout singing and drawing/coloring. The first thing I noticed was the way the audience meets Dill in the book and the movie. In the book, we meet Dill relatively late and in the movie we meet him almost as soon as the movie starts. Dill is a key character and we don’t get to see that as much as I intended too. A few…show more content…
I believe this is something needed, to show that Jem throughout the book has grown up and matured a lot. In the beginning of the book, he is very ignorant and near the end he is a smart young man who has grown up not only physically, but mentally. I indeed love the idea of Dill daring Jem to do something he truly is scared of.
With the talk of the Radley’s, this is an example of an event that would not be crucial to the storyline, but it would make things closer to the same as the book. This example is of Boo’s “crime” to get him locked up in the house. His crime in the book is him and friends locking up a police officer in an outhouse and disturbing the peace in the middle of the night. The punishment also isn’t an Asylum either; it is a school who Author thinks is a punishment to go to. In the movie, he is charged for stabbing his father with a pair of scissors and not doing anything about it, so Author locked him up in the basement as a punishment. Boo was never seen again.
In the book, Scout finds a series of items in a tree right outside the Radley house. The first item Scout finds is a piece of chewing gum. Then a list of a few more items before Author covers the whole with cement. In the movie, Author covers the whole too early, before Scout and Jem find the rest of the items. Also in the movie, they don’t find gum; they find two small little statues. This is another thing that
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Books and movies of books all have many similarities and differences. To Kill a Mockingbird is no different when it comes to the book and the movie. In this essay I will be explaining the similarities and differences between the two. There are many similarities between the book and the movie of To Kill a Mockingbird. First of all, Tom Robinson died escaping from prison in the movie and the book. I think Tom’s death was a very important part of the story. Another thing that was the same with the book and movie was how the children were fascinated with Arthur Radley (Boo), and how Boo was fascinated with the children.
Boo would leave the children gifts such as dolls, a watch, and gum in the tree in his yard. This fascination between the children and Boo was why the children had such an imagination. The children thought Boo was a creeper who came out at night to eat cats and squirrels. Another similarity is that the African American community of Maycomb showed Atticus a lot of respect. The fact that they showed Atticus respect was important to the children. The sad story of Tom Robinson taught the children the wrongs of racism.
Plus one of the themes of the story is racism, and without that the story would not be the same. A huge difference between the book and the movie was that Aunt Alexandra was not in the movie. Scout did not like Aunt Alexandra because Aunt wanted Scout to act more lady-like. Toward the end Aunt became more of a mother to Scout and reassured her that Jem was not dead. Even though the movie went on without her, she should have been in it. The fact that Mrs. Dubose was not in the movie but in the book was another difference. Mrs. Dubose was important to Jem’s life.
Jem did not like her because she always harassed Scout and Jem and insulted their father. When Jem lost his temper, he tore up Mrs. Dubose’s flower garden. His punishment was to read to Mrs. Dubose to help her break her addiction. Eventually she died and Atticus gave Jem a lesson in what it means to have courage. This whole thing was cut out of the movie. Atticus’s quote on courage was one of the most important things in the book. Through reading the book and watching the movie I have found many differences and many similarities. I told you a few of each so that you could have your own opinion.
My opinion is that the book was better, but I found myself lost in certain times. For instance, it took me a long time to figure out that Tom Robinson was an African American. But that was probably because I was daydreaming while reading. So if you are like me then you would be better off watching the movie because then you would understand things quicker and they would make sense to you. As for me, being a daydreamer and all, I still prefer the book because that’s where you get the whole story and not just the majority of the story.
Author: Gene Jeremiah
To Kill a Mockingbird: Book vs Movie
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