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To Kill a Mockingbird Novel vs. Film

By danyboi233 May 20, 2013 784 Words



In the book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird” by “Harper Lee” there were many characters that the movie that was released shortly the book was published and became a best seller. After reading the book, and then watching the movie, I have made some observations on what characters were not mentioned or described in the movie and what bits and plots were not there. To start off with characters, I noticed that there were to characters that were dropped from the book and were not included in the movie remake. There was Uncle Jack and Dolphus Raymond. There are many scenes that I realize are missing in the movie remake of the book “ To Kill a Mockingbird”. For starters, I realize that you never see scouts teacher Mrs. Caroline. In chapter 2 in the novel, you are introduced to Mrs. Caroline and the Cunningham family when scout had to explain to Mrs. Caroline about Walter. Mrs. Caroline asked if Walter Cunningham wanted money for lunch because he had none and Scout was the only student that could explain how the Cunningham family doesn’t borrow or take money from any family or person.

Another part that was different is it never mentions Judge Taylor’s house being broken into in chapter 27 in the book. Not once in the movie was it mentioned to anyone that the judge’s house was broken into. “ Judge Taylor clumped to the back porch to let Ann out and found the screen door swinging open. A shadow on the corner of the house caught his eye, and that was all he saw of his visitor.”(Lee, 333) This quote is in the book and is proof that Judge Taylor, when home alone, had an intruder in his house and just left before he saw them!

The last scene that I noticed was absent in the movie but was in the book was when Atticus and Mr. Underwood caught Jem, Scout and Dill in the courthouse when Calpurnia ran in with a letter from Atticus’s sister, Aunt Alexandra. “I know where they are Atticus, Mr. Underwood spoke up. They’re right up there yonder in the coloured balcony- been there since precisely one- eighteen p.m.”(Lee, 226)


In the movie, there were only a few things I noticed that were added and different in the movie. When Jem and Scout walk past the tree outside of the Radley house, in the movie they fin only to sculptures made out of wood, not soap like the book said and Mr. Radley filled in the hole in the tree where they found the sculptures in the book at night and they found it filled in the next morning, but in the film, Mr. Radley filled the tree in in front of Jem and Scout.

I found that the book had more reverences and revolved around the whole Mockingbird thing and on how not to treat people differently. But I found that the movie was just a story on a family who lived in a racist area in the U.S.A.

The last thing I noticed was in the movie, Tom Robinson’s arm was hurt in a farming accident and lost full movement of his arm but his arm was still there, but in the book its different. He hurt his arm in a farming accident and didn’t have it at all.


If I were to compare and contrast the book “To Kill A Mockingbird” to the movie version, I would compare a few main things. For the biggest theme that they share, I would compare them are which version best describes the moral of the book? Story that is don’t do anything to someone who hasn’t done anything and treat people the way you want to be treated. I would by far say the book covered this topic better because the movie just felt like it was just a boring old movie about a family. Another topic I would compare them to be details and this is obvious because in almost all cases when there is a movie remake of a book, the book has more details. The last thing in common that the book and the movie can be compared to is that I have a tough time thinking and picturing details in the book and this is where the movie is better. If I were to compare differences one big difference comes to mind and that’s in the book, Scout is the main character and it focuses on her points of views on what is going on around her. In my opinion, the book was a lot better!

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