Compare and contrast the film and the book "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

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The different media of film and book mean that with the same story of "To Kill A Mockingbird" different devices can be used to show the meaning of the story. However, the film is compressed and some sections are inevitably omitted. This means that the film director, Robert Mulligan, had to be selective as to which parts were included in the film, which could distort or alter the final impression that you are left with. The book "To Kill A Mockingbird" is concerned with many wider issues such as family, childhood, and Southern customs, but the film focuses mainly on racism and prejudice.

The film and the book of "To Kill A Mockingbird" begin differently from each other, yet both retain the original impression that is the same in each.

The very first thing that we notice in the book is the epigraph, which is a quote that says: 'Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.'

This shows us that everyone has an inner child and that a child's perspective will be very important in the book and is particularly important during the trial.

The narrative begins with a flashback, saying: 'When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm broken.' The text goes on to discuss who 'started it all' and points out names that we will recognise later in the book and watch out for those characters, such as the Ewells. It then gives a detailed history of the Finches, starting with their ancestor Simon Finch, This gives the Finch family depth and creates an impression of family roots in the town. We are told about Atticus and his brother being the first generation in their family to become academics and leave the farming industry; one is a lawyer and the other a doctor. This shows that...