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Title: To Kill a Mockingbird


1
To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Background Notes

2
Harper Lee
  • To Kill a Mockingbird is largely
    autobiographical.
  • Born in Monroeville, Alabama.
  • Born on April 28, 1926.

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Harper Lee
5
Family
  • Father
  • (Francis Finch Lee)
  • A lawyer
  • The pattern for Atticus Finch, the attorney
    whose quiet heroism and integrity are central to
    the novel.

6
Childhood
  • Harper Lee grew up in the Great Depression of the
    1930s.
  • This is the same time period as TKAM.

7
Education
  • Harper Lee attended Law School at the University
    of Alabama.
  • She left in 1950 without finishing.

8
Education
  • She spent one year as an exchange student at
    Oxford University in Great Britain.

9
Work Experience
  • Then she worked as an airline reservation clerk
    in New York City.

10
Writing Experience
  • She wrote in her free time.
  • Eventually she quit her job and devoted all of
    her time to writing.

11
Writing Experience
  • She submitted her first manuscript of To Kill a
    Mockingbird in 1957.
  • It was rejected.

12
Writing Experience
  • She spent another 30 months revising the entire
    book.
  • It was finally accepted.

13
Writing Experience
  • In 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was published.
  • One-Book Author

14
Pulitzer Prize Award
  • In 1961, To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer
    Prize for fiction.

15
Other Awards in 1961
  • the Literary Award from the Alabama Library
    Association
  • Brotherhood Award of the National conference of
    Christians and Jews.

16
TKAM Film
  • In 1962
  • A film version (considered a classic)
  • Received several Academy Awards.

17
TKAM Setting
  • Maycomb County, is the imaginary district in
    southern Alabama where To Kill a Mockingbird is
    set.

18
TKAM Setting
  • Maycomb, the setting of TKAM, is modeled on
    Harper Lees home town, Monroeville.

19
TKAM Setting
  • The story begins in the summer of 1933.
  • The story ends on Halloween night, 1935.

20
Background of U.S.
  • The country is in the grips of the
  • Great Depression.

21
Background of U.S.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, with his New Deal
    programs is trying to improve the situation of
    widespread poverty and unemployment.

22
The Great Depression
23
Setting Maycomb
  • Maycomb, however, is relatively isolated, and
    slow to respond to change.

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Setting Maycomb
  • Maycombs population has remained virtually
    unchanged for many years.

26
Setting Maycomb
  • Yet, progress, however slow, is making its way to
    Maycomb.

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Characters
  • Harper Lees childhood friend, Truman Capote, is
    the basis for the character Dill in TKAM.

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Characters
  • Truman Capote is the author of
  • In Cold Blood.

31
Characters
  • Monroeville citizens serve as the basis for many
    of the characters in the novel.

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming of age novel,
    which details the growth and development of the
    main character.

34
Point of View
  • First Person I
  • The account of a young child coming to terms with
    racism and intolerance in a southern town.

35
Themes
  • Racism
  • Class/Social Prejudice
  • Intolerance
  • Bigotry
  • Differences
  • Injustice

36
Overview
  • TKAM is a condemnation of the injustice of
    prejudice and a plea for greater understanding
    and tolerance between races.

37
Works Cited
Www.ansordiadesign.com www.chebucto.ns.ca www.sdco
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