December 15, 2003
Dr. Marlene Fleming
Comparison of the novel to the movie: To Kill a Mocking Bird.
There are usually differences in two different versions of something. This can often be seen when a book is formatted into a movie. There are many similarities and differences in the book and movie versions of “To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.” For starters there are some significant main ideas missing from the movie. There are a few missing scenes from the book such as, the scene where Jem and Scout go to church with Calpurnia. This scene to me should have been reguarded as one of the most important scences in the book. Within this scene the readers learn of the respect that many of the black people in town have for the Finch children, as their daddy is defending a black man. You also learn that not all the black people feel this way and some are not very plesant to Jem and Scout. In this scene Calpurnia gets into a argument with another woman at church, she defends Jem and Scout’s right to come to the black church. This scene is also important because it shows the reader the depth of the love that Calpurnia has for the children, Jem and Scout. Upon doing some research if found that the director reportedly left this important scene out of the movie because in the court case there is another example of how the black people respect Mr. Finch. They all stand up when he walks out of the room. But in the movie, because the church scene is missing, it doesn’t seem that the blacks have as much respect for the Finches. You also don’t see in the movie that it is not only the whites who are discriminatory to the blacks, some of the black citizens of Maycomb County don’t like being in the presence whites as much as the white citizens don’t like being in the presence of the blacks. Also noticeably absent is the school scene in which the readers get to know the Ewells and the Cunninghams. Also it is a noticeable fact...
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