To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird
A novel by:
Harper Lee
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Harper Lee
 Born 1926 in
Monroeville, AL
 Very Private Person
 Early 1950s
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Studied law
Airline hostess
Began writing some
during this time
Picture found at:
http://mockingbird.chebucto.org
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Harper Lee cont.
 To Kill a Mockingbird published in 1960
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Took 2 ½ years to write
Very Popular
Best Seller for 1 ½ years
Made into a movie
 1961: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
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Similarities Between Novel and
Author’s Life
Novel is NOT autobiographical
 Towns
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Monroeville & Maycomb: similar layout and size
 Fathers
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Both Lawyers
Lee’s father’s middle is Finch; Finch is the last name of family
Both had genuine humility and natural dignity
 Time Frame
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Lee same age as Scout at the time the story takes place
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Setting
 Maycomb, AL
 1933-1935
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During the Great Depression
Deep South
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Segregation and Racism
 Map of Maycomb:
http://fac-staff.seattleu.
edu/kschlnoe/TKAM/map.html
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Picture found at:
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/
lessons/98/mock/intro.html
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Characters
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Scout
Jem
Atticus Finch
Calpurnia
Dill
Boo Radley
Miss Maudie
Tom Robinson
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Miss Caroline
Bob Ewell
Mayella Ewell
Mr. Cunningham
Heck Tate
Mrs. Dubose
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Point of View
 1st Person
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Told by someone in the story. The “I” person is the narrator also.
Everything is told from one perspective.
 2nd Person
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Told from the you perspective. Very rarely used and a difficult form
to write in.
 3rd Person
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Told from an outside force looking in. This narrator is all knowing
and sees everything. The perspectives of all the characters can be
seen.
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To Kill a Mockingbird’s
Point of View
In this novel the story is told from Scout’s
point of view (1st person).
The novel is primarily told by the child, Scout,
but the narrator also uses the fact that it has
been years since the event to fill in other
details (showing maturity).
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