To Kill a Mockingbird, Movie vs. Book

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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...
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