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Title: To Kill a Mockingbird


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To Kill a Mockingbird
  • By Harper Lee

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Nelle Harper Leeher life
  • Born April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama
  • Grew up and established a strong friendship with
    neighbor, Truman Capote
  • Attended Huntingdon College (1944-45)
  • Studied law at University of Alabama (1945-1949)
  • Studied for one year at Oxford University

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Nelle Harper Leeher writing
  • To Kill a Mockingbird is her only novel.
  • Submitted TKAM in 1957 rejected
  • Spent two and one-half years revising
  • In 1960, TKAM published to widespread acclaim.
  • Pulitzer Prize1961
  • Movie version won four Academy Awards--1962

4
TKAMthe novel
  • Written during the Civil Rights Movement
  • African Americans were fighting for equal rights.

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Major Civil Rights Events
  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott (Rosa Parks)
  • African Americans avoided mass transit for an
    entire year in protest of segregation.

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Major Civil Rights Events
  • The Little Rock/Central High School Crisis
  • The National Guard was called in to prevent
    African American students from enrolling in an
    all white high school.

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Notable Civil Rights Activists
  • Martin Luther King
  • Malcolm X

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TKAM--Setting
  • While the novel was written in the late 1950s, it
    takes place in the 1930s when the segregation
    sentiment was high.

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TKAM--Setting
  • Historically, the novel takes place around the
    time of the Great Depression, The 1929 Stock
    Market Crash, and World War 1.

10
TKAMSociety at that time
  • A definite class structure existed
  • Upper and middle class whites lived in nice
    neighborhoods. (The Finch family)

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TKAMSociety at that time
  • Lower class whites lived on the outskirts of town
    in rundown shacks. (The Ewell and Cunningham
    families)

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TKAMSociety at that time
  • African Americans lived even farther away from
    civilization.
  • Often many generations shared a home.

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The novel
  • forces the reader to look at strengths and
    weaknesses in our society.
  • allows the reader to examine prejudice and
    intolerance.
  • permits the reader to analyze characters as they
    move from innocence to maturity in a realistic
    historical setting.

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Characters
  • Scout Finch-- the protagonist and narrator
  • Semi-autobiographical character
  • Lee would have been the same age as Scout at the
    time the novel took place.
  • Lees father was a lawyer like Scouts father.
  • Lees hometown of Monroeville shares similarities
    with Maycomb.

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Characters
  • Atticus FinchScouts father (a widower)
  • An attorney
  • Respected in the community

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Other Important Characters
  • Jem FinchScouts older brother
  • DillScouts friend who lives with his aunt in
    the house next to the Finches during the summer
    months
  • CalpurniaThe Finchs housekeeper and caretaker
    of Scout and Jem
  • Boo Radleya very mysterious neighbor
  • These are the first characters introduced. Be
    sure to add to the character list as reading
    continues

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What is a mockingbird?
  • The Texas state bird, which does not have its own
    song. Instead, it imitates the songs of other
    birds. Killing a mockingbird is illegal.
  • In the novel, the mockingbird is an important
    symbol of innocence destroyed by evil.

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