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"To Kill a Mockingbird" Similarities and differences between the book and the movie

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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is one of the most famous novels in American literature. Consequently, it was inevitable that someone would make a film adaptation of the book. There are many similarities, as well as differences, between the movie and the book.

There are many similarities between the movie and the novel versions of T.K.A.M., dealing with characters, plot, setting, and theme. One similarity is the mystery behind Boo Radley. In both versions, Boo was considered a crazy guy who lived in a scary house. He was also exposed in both versions as a Good Samaritan when. First, he put a blanket around Scout when Miss Maudie's house burned down, and second, when he saved Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell. Another similarity is the stories of the witnesses during Tom Robinson's trial. In both versions, the Ewells maintained that Tom had beaten and raped Mayella, while Tom said that Mayella tried to take advantage of him. Another similarity is Tom's crippled left hand. In the book and the film, he got it cut off in a cotton gin when he was thirteen. Another similarity is that the story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama. One theme that was consistent throughout the book and film versions was family is what keeps us together. To conclude, there are many similarities between the movie and the book versions of To Kill a Mockingbird.

There are many differences between the book and the movie versions of T.K.A.M. as well. One difference is the fact that many people in the book that made an impact in the story never made an appearance in the film. One of these people was Aunt Alexandra. Aunt Alexandra was probably the closest person to a mother figure for Scout throughout the book. The fact that she didn't even show up in the movie was a huge difference. Another person was Nathan Radley. He took care of Boo after his dad died in the book (he didn't die in the movie, which was another difference), but never came. Another was Uncle...