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To Kill a Mockingbird
left trailing in the dust behind
A Time to Kill
Some people believe that movies that are based or modeled after books are cut up to
fit the most important scenes in therefore making the viewer lose some its intensity, But
undoubtedly to anyone the movie A Time to Kill is much more intense than Harper Lee’s
To Kill a Mockingbird. This movie has a lot of violent content which penetrates whoever
is watching. Also the topic of racism is expressed more openly and taken to a whole new
level. Most importantly we are touched deeper by the family relations within the movie
than we are to the book. To summarize shortly the movie A Time to Kill is much more
intense than To Kill a Mockingbird.
Violence seems to catch everyone’s eye and create a tenser atmosphere for everyone
and the director of the movie A Time to Kill truly outdid Harper Lee in this department.
From the very get go of the movie we witness a scene which is extremely disturbing, the
rape of young Tonya this without argument is the single most violent portrayal in the
movie where within the To Kill a Mockingbird the most violent scene in the movie is
where Mr. Ewell attempts to murder Atticus’ children and even here as we are informed
by Dr. Reynolds Scout had escaped with only a bump on her head and Jem with a broken
arm. The movie and book are very similar in the themes and most events that occur but
the movie elaborates on these in a much more violent way as shown in one example the
theme of what goes around comes around in the book is portrayed by the death of the
innocent Tom Robinson who was if everything is taken into account killed because of
Bob Ewell who later died himself. In the movie this kind of issue was encountered when
two white men raped little Tanya, these men later suffered when Carl Lee shot them both.
This was much more intense than the book as we actually saw the murder of two men,
although Bob was killed by Boo we cannot visualize all the blood and anger that was
shown in the movie. The increasing violence of A Time to Kill makes the book To Kill a
Mockingbird look like a children’s story showing how much more intense it really is.
Racism is relevant in the book but it is not taken to the same extent as it is in the
movie. The “N” word is used in a bad way extensively within the movie while in the
book it is used a lot but more so as a descriptive word not as an insult for example one
phrase in the movie is said by one of the jury members where he says “That niggers
dead” in the movie even as some folks use the word with no intent to insult Atticus
makes sure his kids treat the black people within the community the same as the way they
would like to be treated. Also the level of racism is raised significantly in the movie
where the Ku Kluk Klan (KKK) gets involved in the case and brings danger and fear to
black people and those who support them by such actions as terrorizing them by
repeatedly throwing flaming crosses on lawns and then attempting to kill Jakes family
because he was defending a black man. Racism is also elaborated in the conditions the
black people live in. In the movie they show there hoses as little shacks and there
community as dirty and run down in the book we are also informed how the black people
had lesser housing and living standards but we are not told exactly the conditions we do
not see the broken homes and total segregation of that we do in A Time to Kill. Thus the
relevant views of racism create an overall environment of greater intensity compared to
that of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Lastly the bond and sympathy which we feel for the characters in A Time to Kill are
much more emotional. In the movie we actually visualize the rape of Tanya which from
the beginning makes us
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