Book vs Movie review: Read the book before watching the movie


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Many people say that movies are better than the actual book, but is that true? If you stop and read the actual book I bet you would see how much thing those the movie leaves out that is in the book. I think that the movie was as good as the book but it left out some very important parts that if it had them it would have been much better.


To Kill a Mockingbird takes place back in the 1930s on the east side of the US in the state of Alabama, in a microcosm town named Maycomb county. The story is narrated by a 9-year-old girl played by Mary Madham that is very naive about the racism at that time, her brother Jem is played by Philip Alford. Her dad Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck tries to defend the black man that was accused of the rape of a white woman. Being in favor of a black man at that time was the wrong thing, and because of that people in Macomb county started calling Atticus “nigger lover”.


One example of how the movie leaves out something important that is in the book is when the book shows the relationship between Jem, Scout and Boo Radley by showing how boo is always leaving stuff in the knothole and how he is always watching them thro his window. This doesn’t happen in the movie because the movie only shows one time when Jem finds something in the knothole, and that is the only thing it shows. In the book, you could see how their relationship got harder, and harder and then when Robert Ewell was going to kill them, boo Radley comes out to save them, that all made sense. But in the movie, since they don’t show all the senses when Jem and scout find stuff in the knothole, at the end when Boo Radley came out and saved them it doesn’t really make sense because during the movie you can’t see the relationship between them. 


Another example how the movie leaves something very important that the book doesn’t is that Mrs.Dubose often would get mad at Jem and Scout, but it shows how Atticus would respect her and even made Jem go to her house every day to read to her. Atticus also made Jem go water her plants once as well. All of this shows this shows Jem’s and scouts behavior witAtticusus and how they would do what Atticus says even though they didn’t want to. It also shows atticus’s respect towards her even though Mrs.dubose calls him a “nigger lover” for defending Tom Robinson. In the movie, you can’t see this and this should have been in the movie because in the movie you can’t really see how people in maycomb county were against atticus defending a black man. And also how atticus’s kids were very polite because they did whatever atticus told them to do.


Another example how the movie leaves something very important that the book doesn’t is, In the book when scout went to school the first day it explains everything that happened in class and how a kid didn’t have money to eat lunch. And in the movie, you can’t see that. This should have been in the movie because people have to know how the education in the 1930s where and how some people were able to eat lunch do to the great depression. This also shows how some kids in school had to drop out each year to go help their families in their farms because during the great depression people didn’t earn any money, so for them to at least eat something they had to take their kids out of school to work.


In my opinion, the movie was not like the book. It left out many parts that were very important. The book really helps you understand the details that didn’t appear in the movie. If I would give it a rate I will give it 2.5 out of 5 because since I read the book and then watched the movie I started to think about those parts that the movie left out, that if it wouldn’t have left out the movie would have been so much better. I would prefer to read the book before watching the movie.



writing from a different perspective

Bey children I am leaving I have to go get something. I knew what I had to do, but I didn’t want to scare Jem or scout. I arrived to the courthouse, I got my chair, my newspaper and waited till the men arrived. The men finally arrived, they were in 2 different car, they were driving slow, until they stopped the car. 8 men hoped out of the cars”he in there mr.finch” a man said.. He is and don’t wake him up, i said.. I was very scared because it was 8vs1. “ get aside from the door Mr.finch.” You can turn around and go home, Walter.” heck tate’s around somewhere”. The hell he is,” another man said.

“Called’ me off on a snipe hunt”, was the sufficient answer. “ didn’t you think a’that, mr.finch”.I thought about it but I didn’t believe it. Well then that changes things don’t it?” “it do,” another deep voice said. Do you really think so, I said. Suddenly , scout appears out of the darkness, “hey Atticus”” scout said. I was very scared and nervous because I knew what the men could do to scout..I immediately went to Jem  and told him to take scout and dill home. “No I am not leaving” I knew why Jem was here , he was worried about  me.


Scout started to talk to Walter Cunningham.. “Hey Mr.Cunningham, how’s your entailment getting along” scout said. I was very shocked. “ don’t you remember me Mr.Cunningham? I”m Jein Louise finch. You brought us some hickory nuts one time, remember?” scout said. I couldn’t believe how scout was  controlling grown up men.” I go to school with Walter, he’s your boy ain’t he,” scout said. Mr.Cunningham was remembering that he knew scout.” e is in my grade, and he does right well, he’s a good boy, a real nice boy.” Scout said “ we brought him home to dinner once, tell him I said hey , won’t you.”  said scout. I looked at the men and they had their mouths half open.” i’ll tell him you said hey, little lady” said Mr.Cunningham.Let’s clear out, let’s get going boys, he said. I was very relieved, I thought those men were going to do something to scout.  I massaged Jem’s hair while telling him thank you for worrying about me and for not leaving when I told you to.

Readers Responds journal entry #5

Are there some fights you can have with friends that make it impossible to remain friends?   

Yes, there are some fights you have with friends that make it so that you become even better friends There are many types of fights that can happen between friends. Some fights happen because of friends being very competitive, some fight that happened with friends also are because many friend do bets and maybe a friend does not want to pay you. Friend also get into fight when other friend steal money from them.


What types of fights are those?

I believe there are absolutely some fights between friends that can make it impossible to remain friends.  Most of these fights have something to do with trust. Some Examples are that maybe you want to hang out with a friend and they say they got to do homework or something like that, and then you go alone to a place and you find him and other friends hanging out without you. Maybe also if you have your wallet at home and your friend comes to you house and steal money away from you.


What does it say about Atticus that he doesn’t view the insults he receives for defending Tom Robinson as reason enough to end any friendships?

Atticus doesn’t view the insults he receives for defending Tom Robinson as reason enough to end friendships because he was defending his client. Atticus also doesn’t care about the insulted they say to him because he knows he is doing the right thing because he thinks every human, no matter if they are a woman, or black, he knows that every person has the same rights.


How can you respond when friends or family members express views that you find abhorrent?

I think any person has the right to say their opinion, and no one has the right to say that is wrong, you have to learn to respects other people’s opinions because if you respect their opinion they are going to respect theirs. What you are not supposed to do is tell the person to change the viewpoint about the topic, because the wrong person could be you and not him. And if you tell him that that person could start a fight. This happens all around the world every single day, and everyone should respect people’s opinions no matter sex, culture, beliefs, culture, etc. everyone thinks differently and trying to convince the other people to think like you can cause war, and separation from each other.

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The Great Depression journal entry #1

The great depression


The great depression lasted from 1929 to 1939, this was during the book “To Kill a Mockingbird”. It began after the stock market crashed on october 1929. Over the next couple of years, consumers spending and investment dropped, cause steep declining in industrial output, and employment were failing and companies laid out workers. On the year 1933, the great depression went down till its lowest point. More than 15 million americans were unemployed and nearly half the people in the countries banks had failed. One of the ways people made money was by selling their kids.


On october 1928, there were more employees going to work. A record of 12.9 million shares were traded, that day was known as the black thursday. Five days later, on october 29 the black tuesday happened 16 million shares were treated after another wave of panic swept wall street. on the year 1933 unemployment raised from 3 percent to 25 percent. As a result, word trade plumed 65 percent a massured in US dollars





journal entry#4

Meaning of the word “nigger lover”


As we all know during the 1930s there was a lot of segregation towards black people, black people didn’t have as many rights as the white, also during that time, the book to kill a mockingbird was occurring. In the book to kill a mockingbird, it talks about how all macomb county is white except, for Calpurnia. In the book you can also see how the people in macomb county are against black people, that is why people are telling Atticus not to have Calpurnia as a nanny.


In the story Harper Lee mentions the phrase “nigger lover” this phrase is for Atticus, people in Maycomb county tell Atticus that he is a nigger lover, this is because since Atticus is a loser he has the decision to go for back people of for white people. I macomb county everyone calls him that because they think that Atticus is doing the wrong thing. The phrase “nigger lover” mean that you are for niggers, I think that Atticus is making this decision because he knows that Calpurnia is a normal person, and he thinks that every black is equal to white people, I think that is why Atticus is defending tom. This is a powerful insult because someone calling you a nigger lover is a phrase that you would not like to known for that. This phrase is also very powerful because, since at that time there was a lot of racial issues towards blacks the white population was one part and the black population was another one, and if you were called a nigger lover, it meant that they were excluding you because if you are white you are not supposed to defend black people, and that was the opposite of what Atticus was doing.

Journal entry#3

Negro, Nigger, black, nigga, african american and colored


Since the 1930s there has been a lot of discrimination and racial issues towards blacks. At that time the great depression was occurring, and that affected black even more, this was because during the great depression there were lost of many jobs and there was no money to spend. The discrimination towards blacks in the 1930s was a problem because it made black not important, some things that changed from black and white were water, blacks had normal water and whites had cold water.


According to: “The term nigger is now probably the most offensive word in English. Its degree of offensiveness has increased markedly in recent years, although it has been used in derogatory manner since at least the Revolutionary War. The senses labeled Extremely Disparaging and Offensive represent meanings that are deeply insulting and are used when the speaker deliberately wishes to cause great offense.” In my perspective nigger is the one of the most offensive word out of the 6 of them. This is because that word could be very uncomfortable for some people. Nigger is a world used for an insulte more of the time, not like colored or black.


According to: oxford the term negro is “A member of a dark-skinned group of peoples originally native to Africa south of the Sahara.” The word Negro was adopted from Spanish and Portuguese and first recorded from the mid 16th century. It remained the standard term throughout the 17th–19th centuries and was used by prominent black American campaigners such as W. E. B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington in the early 20th century. I think the word negro is one of the most offensive word in english because it is a racial term in spanish that is used in english.


According to the term black is like saying african american, it also is the opposite of nigger. I agree with that definition because I personally think that black is not offensive to black people, this is because it is a way of saying the skin color in a nice way not like nigger or nigga.


According to the term Nigga is used mainly among African Americans, but also among other minorities and ethnicities, in a neutral or familiar way and as a friendly term of address. It is also common in rap music. However, nigga is taken to be extremely offensive when used by outsiders.Many people consider this word to be equally as offensive as nigger. The words nigger andnigga are pronounced alike in certain dialects, and so it has been claimed that they are one and the same word. I think that the term nigga is the most offensive among the six of them because it is a way to offend a black person. I also think that people use it to offend black people, that is why they use it in songs.


Journal entry #2

Education in the 1930s


In fact segregation persisted into the 1930s, and was especially clear in rural agricultural communities. Segregated public schools in these communities were provided for Mexican Americans that emphasized vocational training and obedience to white authority figures, rather than academic skills and higher education. This connects to the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” because as you can hear in the book schools didn’t have good education. Also in the book it talks about how some kid s went to school during just 3 to 4 months every year, the rest of the year they went to help their family’s farm.


The goals and ideals of education in the 1930s were in sharp conflict with the economic bottom line, as businessmen repeatedly pointed out. In the 1910s and 1920s American business had been one of the foremost champions of public education, especially of the high school, which was busy training at taxpayer expense the stenographers, secretaries, and clerks of the future. This paragraph connects to the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” because in the book there was no black people in scout’s class and that caused a lot of conflict in between black people and white people.


The manner in which education served to reinforce the economic status was illustrated perfectly in the education of African Americans. American education was racially segregated in the 1930s precisely because of the white presumption that blacks were inherently incapable of learning at an advanced level. Segregating white schoolchildren from black schoolchildren meant that white pupils presumably would not be “held back” in the classroom by less-capable black pupils. This connects to the book because at that time in the book it said that there a lot of racial issues. Also as you can see in the story you can look at calpurnia, she is black but she has an education as a normal white men.


A Bildungsroman of a book review

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian– Sherman Alexie’s funny and exciting autobiography turns a life changing experience into an authentic narrative.



The writer tells an autobiography from his perspective when he was a Native American teenager,  named Arnold, while living in a reservation.


The author Sherman Alexie was growing up in the Spokane Native American reservation as a Native American teenager. Born with a variety of medical problems, living in a reservation was very hard for him; his dad was alcoholic, and  gambled a lot, therefore he spent hours, sometimes days, drinking and gambling, spending a lot of his money on that. Since Arnold’s family is impoverished, and is in a low socioeconomic class, they ate really little food and sometimes didn’t eat at all. Because of his dad being alcoholic, Arnold had no time to spend with him and that made a separation between them. Sherman Alexie’s work explores themes of despair, poverty, violence and alcoholism among the lives of Native American people narrated with a bit of humor.


In the book, the protagonist Arnold, also known as Junior in the reservation

is a person that is willing to have a better education. Arnold at the beginning of the book is also very unconscious of the fact that his family doesn’t have a lot of money. Arnold is also living a very hard life, for example; his grandma dies, the dad of his best friend dies and he was aghast after knowing that her sister dies as well. After he sees how his father wasted all of the family’s money on alcohol and gambling, he realizes he does not want to live a life like his dad.


In The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian, the protagonist Arnold narrates the difficulties of being a Native American teenager living in a reservation, and a lifetime adventure going to a white school. The reason he went to an all white school was because he was a very heedful student and wanted a better education than the one he was getting in the school of the reservation. This book shows how Arnold’s living conditions were in the reservations. He describes all the bad things that happen in the  reservation, such as; bad education, impoverishment , a lot of deaths, and his relationship with his mom and sister, but mostly his dad. He decides to leave the reservation after following one of his teacher’s advice, named Mr.P. Although the reservation was against Arnold for leaving the reservation, he decides to move to an all white school, because he figured he had no future in the reservation. After having a lot of difficulties, and conflicts trying to fitting in because of him getting bullied by his classmates, he manages to integrate himself thanks to his bravery, girlfriend, and basketball.


The author writes from his experience as a Native American teeanager living on a reservation. The way you can understand the development of Arnold, starting from living in the reservation and then moving to the white school is very powerful and describes his feelings and his development throughout the book. Sherman Alexie’s story is fluent, engaging, easy to read, exciting, and very hooky. As a result, the book makes you want to read a second part, and even a third part.

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