To Kill A Mockingbird, Movie Vs. Book Essay

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To Kill A Mockingbird, Movie Vs. Book

Neither the novel nor film version of To Kill A Mockingbird is superior to the other, just
different. In the book you delve more into the separate characters while in the film you
see the relationships in action. The book gives you a broader view of everything, but at
the same time the movie points out everything that seems important. Lastly, the novel
shows Scout as a girl caught in the middle, when the movie seems to paint Scout as a girl
without a inkling of what is going on.

The book shows the separate characters. In the novel you see The whole character by what
they say. Cal can be described as a teacher to the children. She shows them the way that
others live when she takes them to her church in chapter twelve. She also remarks that
"...Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo' comp'ny..."(p.24)
this says that everyone is important no matter who they are. The statement "I know all
that, Scout. It was the way he said it made me sick, plain sick."(p.199) shows how much
Dill really understands of what is going on. Jem is basically the same person in both the
movie and the book. He seems to be the distant, yet loving, brother.

Although the book shows the individual people, the movie shows the relationships in action
more than the book. The movie shows Cal and the children in action. It shows how they act
around each other, the looks and the tones of voices that are being used, that can change
the whole meaning of different phrases. Like when the children find the rabid dog, and the
looks that are passed between the children and Cal are not in the book, only the words and
actions. The relationship between the Finch children and Dill is shown in many different
ways. The way that they talk to one another. Like how they stress the words in a sentence,
or act around each other.

Along with the movie showing the relationships more, the book gives you a broader view of
everything. In the book, the black community is shown more, through the church, and the
descriptions given by cal and Atticus. Cal explains "Can't but about four folks in First
Purchase read...I'm one of ‘em"(p.124) this shows the difference between the values of
the white and black community. Since the black people would only be hired for field work,
and hard labor, schools would be a waste of time. While the white people would be expected
to learn as much as they could, and go on to a better station in life, depending on there
ancestors. Atticus also explains the country folk in Maycomb to the children "...The
Cunninghams are country folks, farmers, and the crash hit them the hardest." He says this
to explain the difference between the way that the Finches are poor, and the way that the
farmers are poor.

At the same time that the book shows the broader picture, the movie is centered around the
trial, not the town itself. In the movie, the trial is ever present and going on, while
the book starts before the trial. The book is about the children, will they be racist and
like the town, or will they be fair and like Atticus. On the other hand the movie is more
a fight for the town, will the town be racist and convict Tom, or will they see that he
was not to blame, but Bob Ewell. The children, including Dill are more focused on the
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