To Kill A Mockingbird Film Scene Analysis

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The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee takes places in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama in the midst of the Great Depression. The story follows a young girl named Scout, her lawyer father, Atticus, and older brother, Jem as they embark on the ongoing journey of growing up. It begins in the summer when Jem and Scout meet Dill Harris, a young boy from Mississippi visiting his aunt for the summer. The three then go on a mission to get the infamous Boo Radley to come out of his home in which he has isolated himself for many years. Boo has had many rumors used against him, he is rumored to be a mentally unstable man who has stabbed his father in the leg. Despite all these rumors were false, they only fuel his desire to seclude…show more content…
The director took the exact words off the page, and using it as a guide, was able to create a visual scene that gave the audience the same feeling that they felt while reading the book. One example of this can be found at the end of the story when Jem and Scout were attacked by Bob Ewell, and who was later discovered as Boo saved them. Scout mentions how she left her clothes and shoes at the carnival, but Jem convinces her that they will get them later. As they are walking through the forest they begin to hear footsteps and get the feeling as if someone is following them, at first they believe it is Cecil Jacobs, as he has frightened them before, so Scout calls out to him, but there is no response. As they continue walking, out of the dark comes a large figure, chasing after them. He manages to grab Jem. Jem screams at Scout to run, she tries to, but she trips and then falls on her costume, she hears a crunching sound and Jem screams. The attacker grabs her and then pulls away, all of a sudden, the screaming stops. Scout is able to get up and stumble to her home, out of the corner her eye, she spots a man carrying Jem towards their home (PAGES). In both the book and the movie, these events are basically identical. The director took the words exactly off the page, the descriptions, the dialogue, everything and turned it into a scene. It took what readers had pictured in…show more content…
Details such as how long Dill stayed in Maycomb, will not contribute to the message that Harper Lee wanted to convey to her audience. And other details that were changed were replaced with different details, that fit into the story much better. For instance, in the novel, Dill stayed with his Aunt Rachel while he was visiting Maycomb, while in the movie, Dill stayed with Aunt Stephanie Crawford, the town gossip, and there was no mention of an Aunt Rachel. One can take into account the budget of this movie, they may not have been able to afford more actors, so it makes sense that two unnecessary characters such as Miss Rachel and Stephanie Crawford were combined into one character that fit better into the story and gave the audience the same effect that they had while reading the book. To sum up, the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, did an exceptional job of capturing the main idea of the novel, taking what the reader read in the novel and turning it into a movie. It captured the overall theme of the book: prejudice. Harper Lee thought it was an important issue at the time, and in some ways, it still is

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