What are some differences in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and the screenplay of the film version.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Needless to say, not every scene of a 200+ page novel can be included in a two hour film adaption, and such is also the case with To Kill a Mockingbird. Differences between the two versions include the following:

  • Among the characters not included in the movie are Aunt Alexandra, Uncle Jack, Cousin Francis, Mr. Avery, Miss Stephanie, Link Deas, Miss Caroline, Miss Gates, Dolphus Raymond and Burris Ewell.
  • Important scenes left out of the movie include all of Scout's classroom scenes; Christmas at Finch Landing; the children's visit to Calpurnia's church; and the Missionary Circle tea.
  • Changes between the novel and movie include one of the opening scenes when Scout invites Mr. Cunningham into the house when he attempts to quietly repay his debt to Atticus; in the novel, Atticus deliberately allows Cunningham to leaves his goods anonymously. Another difference comes when Bob Ewell spits in Atticus' face. In the novel, he encounters Atticus downtown, but in the movie, he expectorates on Atticus in front of Tom Robinson's house.
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial