English 101 2C5
6 December 2010
Revised Essay #3: Compare/Contrast
To Kill a Mockingbird Book vs. Movie
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a story about Jem and Scout Finch, who are being raised by their father in Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. The book shows us that Jem and Scout’s childhood was rich with life experiences. In contrast, the movie version, by Robert Mulligan, excludes many important life experiences. Several events in the book are excluded from the movie, but should be included.
The events in Scout’s classroom should be included in the movie. Lee includes several events with Scout and her classmates in the book. One is the first day of school when Scout gets in trouble for trying to explain why Walter Cunningham does not have lunch money. Scout tells Miss Caroline that “[Walter’s] a Cunningham” (Lee 22) to explain why he does not have lunch money, but Walter says he forgot his lunch money. Never the less, Scout keeps insisting that Walter does not have any money, and Miss Caroline smacks her hands with a ruler. Scout is angry because she got in trouble, and attacks Walter in the schoolyard. Mulligan does not include any classroom events; however, he does include Scout and Walter’s fight on the first day of school. The classroom event should be included in the movie because it explains why Scout and Walter are fighting. In the movie, we only see Scout and Walter run onto the schoolyard and begin fighting. When Jem breaks up the fight, Scout simply says “[Walter] made me start off on the wrong foot. I was trying to explain to that darn lady teacher why he didn’t have no money Leach 2
for his lunch” (Mullighan). Scout’s classroom events also give the reader background information about the Cunninghams.
Mrs. Dubose’s role in the movie should be expanded. In the book, Mrs. Dubose verbally attacks Jem and Scout each time they pass her house. One day she tells them “[Atticus] is no...