To Kill A Mockingbird Movie Vs Book

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To Kill a Mockingbird essay In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, there are two plots being focused on in the story. First off, Tom Robinson, the humble African American man who is accused of raping southern teenager, Mayella Ewell. In the early 1930s, especially Maycomb County, Mississippi, everyone hated African Americans, and were extremely racist. So, when Atticus Finch, father of Jean Louise Finch, A.K.A "scout" is sentenced to represent Tom in court, things get crazy in Maycomb. Secondly, Arthur "Boo" Radley, the mystery of the town, no one really knows anything about him, just that he's been locked inside the house since he was young. So, instead of just leaving him alone, the town makes up all kinds of crazy rumors about him for example, all he has to eat are cats and squirrels. He dominates the minds of all the children and throughout the book, they are constantly trying to get a good look at…show more content…
In the 1930s, African Americans were already treated unfairly, but, Tom being accused of raping a white woman made his life awful. Tom was ruled guilty in the trial even though all the evidence pointed toward him being innocent. For example, in the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus makes a point to ask the sheriff what side the bruises on Mayella's face were. After he told her that they were on the right side, Atticus knew that Tom's left arm could not move so, how could he have hit her? Anyways, even Tom knew that he would be guilty, for example, in chapter 19 it says "'Mr. Finch, if you was a nigger like me, you'd be scared, too'"(104).This just tells me that Tom knows what will come of him, which is being ruled guilty of raping Mayella Ewell. Also, even Mayella knew that she was guilty, either that or she is just flat out crazy. In the movie, she is constantly, screaming things out in the court that doesn't make sense and she keeps on contradicting
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