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Similarities And Similarities Between To Kill A Mockingbird And A Time To Kill

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Comparison/Contrast of To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill

The films To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill are easily comparable. From the titles to the actual contents, it is not difficult to understand why one would see them as similar. However, there are as many differences as there are similarities within the movies. I will be discussing and describing both the similarities and differences between the films.

To begin, there is one extremely prominent similarity that is immediately noticeable: Both films are presenting the stories of two black men on trial with white lawyers. The men in question are Tom Robinson, charged with the crime of beating and raping a white woman, and Carl Lee Hailey, charged with
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As you have likely realized, the differences begin to overlap the similarities towards the ends of both movies.

Although the plots and concepts of To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill are alike, I believe A Time to Kill to be a superior film. For example, in the movie, the story was handled and presented more effectively; there was an obvious effort put into making the story one that would hit the audience hard, it was not rushed and messy, and, in general, it was developed much better. While watching the movie adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, I did not feel the fondness I felt for the characters while reading the novel. As I stated prior, I found the film was rushing through the story. The trial originally took up many pages in the book, but, in the movie, it seemed to go by very quickly. Plenty of details were left out as well; Alexandra Finch, Atticus’ sister, played a large role in the children’s lives in the book. In the movie, though, she was nowhere to be seen. This is just one of many things that have been left out that were important to the novel. In general, A Time to Kill is a better made film with a higher budget and dramatic storytelling. To Kill a Mockingbird was certainly not an awful movie, per se, but, if you were to ask my opinion, the attempt to pull at the heartstrings the way the novel did was a rather fruitless one.

To conclude, the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and the film A Time to Kill were and will
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