To Kill A Mockinbird: From Novel to Motion Picture Essay

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To Kill A Mockinbird: From Novel to Motion Picture

Creating a motion picture from a novel and conveying the author's intended message is a
difficult task. Some film makers gracefully meet the challenge, while others fail, warping
the original meaning of the novel in order to appeal to he general movie going population.
Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird novel to movie transition is a mid-ground between the
two extremes. Lee's theme of tolerance is neither completely destroyed nor completely
expressed. The absence of characters Dolphus Raymond and Link Deas, along with the change
in Dill's personality in the movie contributes to the deterioration of Lee's original
theme of tolerance.


Dolphus Raymond is a white man who lives among the black community and is with a white
woman. "The Negroes sat quietly in the sun, dining on sardines, crackers, and the more
vivid flavors or Nehi Cola. Mr. Dolphus Raymond sat with them." (163) Mr Raymond's ability
to look past the racial prejudices of the time and live with the black community displays
his personal integrity and helps to convey the theme of racial tolerance, showing that a
white man can live peacefully alongside Negroes.


Link Deas is a plantation owner who treats his black employees kindly. For example, when
Bob Ewell gave Mrs. Robinson trouble when she passed by his house on the way to work, Link
Deas threatened to take Mr. Ewell to court if he ever did it again. Mr. Deas also stood up
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