What Are The Differences In To Kill A Mockingbird

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A world renowned novel, with over twelve million copies sold can only be expressed in words, except when it is also expressed in pictures. Can the pictures convey the same lessons and morals expressed in words? To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless novel about a fictional town in Alabama called Maycomb in the 1930’s. To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee and the movie was directed by Robert Patrick Mulligan. Scout Finch, the story’s narrator, and her brother, Jem, live a traditional southern life. While trying to find their elusive neighbor, Boo Radley, and their dad defending a black person in a white person’s trial after being asked by the judge, they learn different morals from the people and the circumstances around them.…show more content…
In Aunt Alexandra’s missionary circle they were concerned for the Mrunas, an African tribe, but they were still prejudiced about the black community during the trial. In the missionary circle, they said, “’Oh child, those poor Mrunas,’ she said, and was off. ‘Living in that jungle with nobody but J. Grimes Everett’” (Lee 163). In addition to Aunt Alexandra, Miss Gates, Scout’s third grade teacher, was talking about how the Holocaust was a terrible thing happening to innocent people, even though she is still prejudiced as well about the black community. Seeing the prejudice around Maycomb was important, yet, these scenes were left out, and readers cannot understand how prejudiced people are only to black people, but when it comes to people that are not in their situation, they think it is a terrible thing. These scenes are left out so the irony of the missionary circle and Miss Gates are not present. The prejudice was only shown in the trial, so the scenes with the irony of them being compassionate are left out. This makes it so the compassionate side of them cannot be seen, so everybody is played as prejudiced in the town. The importance of these people and how they feel about the black community is a big part of the plot and the irony also adds interest to the…show more content…
The missing scenes left out important parts of the movie, which made the plot and characters different. The black community never gets their side in the movie, and the irony of Miss Gates and the missionary circle gives the reader a different view of the novel. Even though the movie was different from the novel, the overall story was still there. The prejudice shown by the people that was still there in the trial, and could still be seen. The story still highlights the importance of acceptance and understanding other people’s situations through the use of the characters that are present and their situations. The novel and the movie cannot be exactly the same, but the themes able to be taken away from the movie were still there. The essential morals in the movie can still inspire people everywhere, whether they read the book or watch the
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