To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill: Similarities and Differences

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A Time to Kill and To Kill a Mockingbird both have a number of similarities to be compared and contrasted. Both stories can be compared in their themes about justice and racial prejudice. However, this is where the similarities end. The themes and ideas in both novels are vastly different in shape and scope. In A Time to Kill justice is the main theme and most of the ideas are focused on justice and the gray in between the lines of black and white set by the law, racial prejudice is also touched upon very frequently in the comparisons between Jake Brigance and Carl Lee Hailey and how he wouldn't even have had to face trial if he was a white man. In To Kill a Mockingbird justice is a theme which is not expanded upon or explained in nearly…show more content…
To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill also have some rather large differences. Even though they both feature the trial of a black man betrayed by justice they end in a rather different fashion. To Kill a Mockingbird sees Tom Robinson shot to death while attempting to escape prison after he decides that there's no way he'll ever see a fair trial. A Time to Kill ends rather differently considering Carl Lee Hailey gets off without any consequences due to his being declared not guilty by reason of insanity. The startling difference in the outcomes of each trial changes the message of these stories. To Kill a Mockingbird becomes a tragic story about the death of a man without a chance; while A Time to Kill is a, mildly, happier film about a man who seeks and finds justice and is pronounced innocent by a jury of his peers. The stories intertwine with each other in an innumerable amount of ways yet at other times seem to completely contradict the other's message. A great similarity to point out between the stories would be that they are both about a man who seeks justice for crimes he was accused of. However, these stories have enough in common with each other only to warrant a short comparison as they have a greater amount of themes and ideas not in common with each other. A Time to Kill is told from the perspective of a lawyer rather than the
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