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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 childs 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 Atticus is not content to follow tradition and do what is expected of him just because everyone else has - this could
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