To Kill A Mockingbird Film Analysis

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A novel about racism in the 1930’s, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, portrays scenes of people’s relationships with African Americans. The film by Robert Mulligan skips many of those important parts. Characters are missing to help understand the life of Maycomb, Alabama, to help understand the treatment of African Americans and society’s standards. The removed characters in film take away from the experience and fail to convey the important signs and messages. Dolphus Raymond, Link Deas, and Aunt Alexandra have very important roles in the novel, but are missing from the film. The exclusion of Dolphus Raymond takes away from the plot of the story. He is an example of a man to whom race doesn’t mean much. Dill inquired “Why’s he sittin’ …show more content…
Link Deas was a white man who was ready to go for what’s right. During the trial stood up and declared “I just want the whole lot of you know one thing right now. That boy’s worked for me eight years an’ I ain’t had a speck o’trouble outa him” (Lee 261). Link Deas, a white man, is standing up for Tom Robinson, trying his best to prove that he is innocent. This shows Link’s good character and belief that racism is bad. In the movie, there aren’t many people showing support for Tom Robinson. In the film Reverend Sykes tells Miss Jean Louise to stand up because her father is passing. (Mulligan To Kill A Mockingbird). By that the African Americans are showing respect to the man who is defending their friend. It seems like in the film there are only African Americans supporting Tom and Atticus. Link Deas would be a great addition because he is an unusual white member of the society who actually believes in Tom’s innocence. Harper Lee wrote “But Tom was not forgotten by his employer, Mr. Link Deas. Mr. Link Deas made a job for Helen” (Lee 333). Link Deas is ready to help out the family of an employee. He even protects Helen from the threats of …show more content…
She was a mother figure for Jem and Scout because Atticus didn’t have a wife. She was a quite popular woman in Maycomb because she lived by the society’s standards. She helped enforce that to the children. Harper Lee describes Aunt Alexandra with a simile “Aunt Alexandra fitted into the work of Maycomb like a hand into a glove” (Lee 175). Aunt Alexandra always had friends over for tea, discussing different things. She was a modern lady, but also an example for the children. One day Scout tells Aunt Alexandra that she wants to play with Walter. She responded “Because he is trash, that’s why you can’t play with him. I’ll not have you around him, picking up his habits and learning Lord-knows-what” (Lee 301). Aunt Alexandra agrees with Maycomb’s stereotypes on all of the families. She teaches the children to not take manners from the poorer class families. Scout gets upset with her. Aunt Alexandra feels like she’s doing well raising the children. Aunt Alexandra is the sister of Atticus, so she needs to comfort him after the trial loss. In the film Miss Maudie says “I’m sorry, Atticus” (Mulligan To Kill A Mockingbird). Miss Maudie tries to comfort Atticus but that’s the job of Aunt Alexandra. By removing her from the novel, Miss Maudie’s attempt is illogical because she’s not a close relative. The Aunt should’ve been in the film because she would’ve shown the process of raising the children and the common views of Maycomb’s

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