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  • To Kill a MockingbirdBy Harper Lee

  • SETTING OF THE NOVELSouthern United States1930sGreat DepressionPrejudice and legal segregationIgnorance

  • 1930s - Great Depression began when the stock market crashed in October, 1929Businesses failed, factories closedPeople were out of workEven people with money suffered because nothing was being produced for sale. Poor people lost their homes, were forced to live off the land.

  • Racial prejudice was alive & well. Although slavery had ended in 1864, old ideas were slow to change.

  • Racial separation (segregation)

  • Gender Bias (Prejudice)Women were considered weakWomen were generally not educated for occupations outside the homeIn wealthy families, women were expected to oversee the servants and entertain guests Men not considered capable of nurturing children

  • White trash Poor, uneducated white people who lived on relief lowest social class, even below the poor blacks prejudiced against black people felt the need to put down blacks in order to elevate themselves

  • Legal Issues of the 1930s which impact the storyWomen given the vote in 1920Juries were MALE and WHITE Fair trial did not include acceptance of a black mans word against a white mans

  • Prejudice in the novelRaceGenderHandicapsRich/PoorAgeReligion

  • Characters

    Atticus Finch - an attorney whose wife has died, leaving him to raise their two children:-Jem 10-year-old boy-Scout (Jean Louise), 6-year-old girl

    Tom Robinson a black man accused of raping white girl; he is defended at trial by Atticus

  • Point of ViewFirst personStory is told by Scout, a 10-year-old girl

    Harper Lee is actually a woman; Scout represents the author as a little girl although the story is not strictly autobiographical

  • Reading the Novel

    Setting is all important be aware of the where and when as you begin

    Point of View the novel is shaped by the voice of a young girl who sees the story from a position of nave acceptance

    Goodness vs. Ignorance (Evil) is an important theme