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To kill A Mocking Bird. differences between the book and movie

By jweber98 May 26, 2014 754 Words
Janice Weber------ Per.2
There are often differences in two different versions of something. This could be frequently realized when a book is made into a movie. The novel “To Kill a Mocking Bird “written By Harper Lee was made into a film widely considered to be one of the greatest ever made, directed by Robert Mulligan. Some scenes that were not in the book were added to the film and some scenes from the book remained omitted from the movie. I noticed three major Differences from the book to the movie, they include Aunt Alexandra and Uncle Jack were left out the film, the scene were Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to the black church, and you never hear or see about Ms. Maudie’s house on fire. I consider that these scenes are significant, because they add additional aspects to the town of Maycomb and the characters. In the movie they omit several scenes from the book. I feel as though that the scenes that didn’t appear in the movie happen to be significant to the characters, and enhance additional detail to the town of Maycomb. The scene where Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to the black church is the first scene I recognized that had been taken out of the film. Jem and scout were treated kindly for the most part, except for when Culpurnia is harassed by a church member for taking white children to a black church. From this understanding the children acknowledge more about Culpurnia’s background and where she came from. I feel that this scene is essential because it shows that the extent of racism is the same from both black and white people. It reveals that in the black community there is still racial tension from having white children integrated in the African American society. Another example is the scene where Miss. Maudies house burns down, it is not shown in the film. During this scene Jem and Scout stay near Boo Radley’s house to watch as people from the area attempt to put out the fire. Boo Radley then discretely sneaks out from his house and assist Scout by wrapping a blanket around her, because at that moment she was in bad condition as she was very cold. Boo Radley does this without Scout even noticing that it was him, leaving behind the blanket. When the fire dies down Atticus, Jem, and Scout noticed the blanket which became known as the mystery blanket. This scene is important because it comes into play on how people perceive Boo Radley. Everyone in Maycomb thinks he is some type of creep, because he stays in his house all day and is not social with anyone. But this changes Jem and Scouts perception of Boo now they find him as a very kind and caring man. I also find this scene significant cause it shows how Jem shows concern for Boo Radley by telling Attticus everything that he witnessed from the fire. Jem wanted to confess without getting Boo in trouble. Lastly, another thing that was omitted from the book is that Aunt Alexandra, and Uncle Jack were not included in the film. I feel that these two characters should have been in the film because they had a great deal of influence on Jem and Scout. Since Jem and Scout lost their mother, Aunt Alexandra was like a mother to them. She provided Scout with a contrasting manner of behavior, so that Scout can compare Alexandra and Atticus and come to her own conclusion about how to act and what rules to follow.  For instance, Atticus is happy to let Scout wear what she wants.  Alexandra believes she should dress like a young lady.  It will be up to Scout to decide which belief will best suit her. As for Uncle Jack, Scout taught him to hear from both sides of a story before coming to a conclusion. In conclusion, the film both added and omitted scenes. The three major Differences from the book to the movie include, Aunt Alexandra and Uncle Jack were left out the film, the scene were Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to the black church, and you never hear or see about Ms. Maudie’s house on fire. I consider that these scenes are significant, because they add additional aspects to the town of Maycomb and the characters. Also To Kill a Mocking Bird should have added in these scenes because It would’ve helped the audience have a better understanding.

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