To Kill A Mockingbird: Book Versus Movie

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic book by Harper Lee published in 1960. The book is about a child growing up in a racist community in Alabama and the challenges she faces. The story has received much popularity, and has since then been made into a movie. Although the book and the movie follow the same general plot, there are many differences in them affecting the development of the main character, Scout.
One of the things that is missing from the movie is Scout learning to understand others. In the book, Scout is taught by Atticus, her father, about learning to understanding other people and the situations they face. In the book after a frustrating first day of school and a strong hatred towards her teacher, Atticus tells her "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." This is a big part ...view middle of the document...

In the book, Racism Is all around her in her town, At the black church, the way people talk about them, and how racism is passed around in the community. She starts to realize its impact on the society. One major event that led to her realization is the conviction of Tom Robinson, a innocent black convicted of rape because of the color of his skin. Atticus, who is not racist, explains “There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads- they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s word, the white always wins. They’re ugly, but these are the facts of life” Scout realizes that racism is a big part of many lives, and everyone has come to accept this. In the movie, she does not experience as much racism through her interactions with many different characters. She does not learn about the racism in her community and how it works.
Another thing that Scout does not experience is her becoming a lady. This is a big part of her childhood as she grows up, and completely changes the way she is. She learns to be respectful and keep calm under certain situations. In the book, Scout is faced with constant problem of being different from what is expected by many. She acts too much like a tomboy instead of a lady. In the book, her brother, Jem, used to her ways declares "[Scout] you’re gettin’ more like a girl every day!”. However, her father Atticus does not care about her behavior. Her aunt, however, does and sets really strict rules on her too try to make her like a lady. She is pressured to do so and eventually learns to accept it. This is a big part of Scout developing and maturing away from her childish ways. In huge movie, this change is not noticed, and their is no major character change on Scout.
The book and movie are similar, but different in some ways. This affects the growth and development of Scout throughout the story. Her understanding of others, knowledge about racism, and learning to be a lady are found in the book but not the movie. These all affect how Scout grows and develops throughout the story.

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