To Kill A Mockingbird: Novel vs. Film

MC 2001 Project – To Kill A Mockingbird


11 thoughts on “To Kill A Mockingbird: Novel vs. Film

  1. This is one of my favorite books of all time. What was Harper Lee’s inspiration? Is there a real-life “Maycomb?” The racial injustices prevalent in the novel definitely sparked a revolution, but where did this conception for a storyline originate?


  2. As I mentioned above, Harper Lee and Truman Capote were lifelong friends. I saw this anecdote in a newsletter I got today from a retired Associated Press executive, which tells about the AP reporter who covered the trial of the men who killed the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kan., the topic of Capote’s book “In Cold Blood”:

    “One evening, we were all at the American Legion Club and Capote’s ‘assistant’ had been very quiet during these dinners and (Topeka Capital reporter Ron) Kull finally asked her, ‘You’re doing all the work for Truman. Wouldn’t you like to do this book yourself?’ She said something non-committal to which Kull said, ‘Wouldn’t you like to do a book?’ She quietly answered that she had. ‘Did you get it published?’ Kull asked. She said she had the previous year. ‘How did it do?’ Kull asked. Fine she said. ‘What was it about? What was the title?’

    “‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ said Harper Lee.”


  3. It’s interesting that To Kill a Mockingbird was Harper Lee’s only novel. Do you think that if she had written another novel it would have been as successful and important as this one? Or did she not want to be a “one hit wonder”?


  4. Do you think the fact that a woman wrote this story had any effect on how readers perceived the issues at hands? Do you think it would have been more or less successful if a man had written it?


  5. I am also interested in the fact that this was Harper Lee’s only novel. Had she worked on any other novels or attempted to write anything else? I enjoyed the quotes that you had put in your project as well, such as Scout saying “there’s just one kind of folks.” Personally, I read this book in school and I loved it. Here is a link to a poll conducted by of 2000 readers which states that To Kill a Mockingbird is the greatest novel of all time.


  6. I know you said that the release of the novel gave hope to the African American community, but do you know if it caused a lot controversy or backlash from those that were against eliminating segregation? Was it more popular within the minorities than it was with the white population?


  7. I’m so glad you chose to write about this novel and the movie interpretation of it! It is definitely one of my favorites because of the incredible meaning it holds. When it comes to the comparison between the movie and the book, I noticed you said that the movie and book both effected people enormously, and that the time of the movie’s release caused people to take even greater notice. Is it also possible that the use of such well known actors such as Robert Duvall and Gregory Peck caught peoples’ attention and forced them to reflect on the hard truth that TKAM revolves around? Perhaps the huge followings that both actors had and the conveying performances helped to draw people in and convince them of the story’s moral direction.


  8. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of my absolute favorite novels. I love how so many grownup issues are put so simply when interpreted through the eyes of a child. I think the world would be a better place if we held on to our childhood innocence. I didn’t know the movie was released so close to the book’s release. Do you agree with the man you talked about who said the issues and scenes in the book were nothing new to black people? Were white people the only ones confounded by the harsh realities of racial injustice? I have no doubt that black people had a greater insight since they were ones clearly prejudiced against, but I have to believe that it was just as monumental for black people as it was for white people. It took a six-year-old to show America that we’re all just “folks.”


  9. Gabriella, I loved this project as “To Kill A Mockingbird” has always had a special place in my bookworm heart. I was actually Jean Louise Finch (The older “scout”) in my high school’s performance of its play adaptationl. I was wondering if you’d read or seen the play, as it is very similar and different to the novel in ways I’m sure the movie was as well. I’ve added a link that criticizes the play adaptation:

    If you’re a fan of the movie and novel, you should definitely watch the play, I’m sure it’s available on youtube or something and its a great show. 🙂


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