To Kill A Mockingbird Comparison Essay

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It became an instant success, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has since become a classic of modern American literature. The story revolves around the first-person point of view of a young girl named Scout Finch. This book covers quite a few topics, some rather controversial, such as prejudice, civil rights, racism, the defining of bravery, maturity, etc. Later, in 1962, a movie was released, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Mary Badham as Scout, Gregory Peck as Atticus, and Phillip Alford as Jem. The film and the novel version of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ complement each other on many levels while indeed having a few contrasting aspects. One of the main differences between the novel and the film is the absence of two…show more content…
She was simply a strict disciplinarian who mostly nagged and judged Scout. The other missing character was Dolphus Raymond. While not as major, he contributed to the theme of racial injustice, especially since he much preferred the company of African Americans to whites. He was believed to be an alcoholic because he was normally seen drinking whiskey from a paper sack. Later Scout, Jem, and Dill find out that it was not whiskey he was drinking, but Coke. The only indicated reason he stirred himself a reputation as an alcoholic is so that he has an excuse for his predominantly African-American company. In addition, a since a film only has so much time to tell a whole story, many events from the novel are skipped. For example, Jem doesn’t read to Mrs. Dubose or make any contact with her in the film, and the inside of Scout’s classroom is never exposed thus leaving out the events involving her teacher, Miss Caroline. Harper Lee’s novel is a coming-of-age story influenced by a significant event in the community and within one family. Not only does Scout attempt to

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