What are two major omissions that occur in the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

    A superior film adaptation in comparison with most novels-to-movies, Robert Mulligan's To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) still is forced to stray from the original Harper Lee novel in many different areas. In addition to the omissions listed in the previous post (the characters of Aunt Alexandra and Uncle Jack and the visit to Calpurnia's church), there are still several major scenes missing from the movie.

DOLPHUS RAYMOND.  This unusual Maycomb character is also omitted entirely. His appearance in the novel serves as an excellent character sketch as well as presenting one of the few white men in Maycomb who stand with Atticus in their equal treatment of Negroes.

FINCH'S LANDING.  Besides the loss of Alexandra and Jack, cousin Francis is also excluded from the movie version. This also eliminates Scout's fight with her cousin as well as the holidays spent at the Finch homestead.


scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1. Aunt Alexandra and Uncle Jack are completely omitted from the movie version. Most likely the filmmakers chose to leave them out for sake of time, but Aunt Alexandra especially plays a pivotal role in Scout's development and view of society.

2. The film also omits the childrengoing to church with Cal.  This might seem unimportant to some, but the scene in the book allows the reader to see a more fully developed Calpurnia and the difference between how Cal lives and how the white people in Maycomb live and interact with one another.

Of course, there are other omissions--Mrs. Dubose's role in teaching Jem a life lesson through her struggle with morphine addiction andMiss Maudie's house fire.

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