to kill a mockingbird background notes
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- 1.To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
2. Background Information
- Author:Nelle Harper Lee (She is still alive and lives in Monroeville, AL.)
- Time: Written in the mid-1950s during the height of the Civil Rights Movement; Published in 1960.
- Setting: 1933-1935 in the fictional town of Maycomb, AL (based on Monroeville, AL); takes place during the Depression
3. Background Information
- The character of Atticus Finch is based on Harper Lees father.
- The character of Dill is based on famous author Truman Capote, Lees childhood friend.
- The character of Scout is loosely based on Harper Lee herself.
4. Background Information
- To Kill a Mockingbird has been named the #1 most teachable novel.
- Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for this book.
- The book was once banned in schools and is often challenged today for its language and themes.
5. Literary Terms
- Genre- a category of literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.
- * Coming-of-age drama, Southern drama, courtroom drama
- Narrator- the character in literature who tells the story from her/his point of view
- * Scout/1 stperson narration
- Scout is looking back on her
6. Literary Terms
- Tone- the attitude the author takes toward a subject or character
- * Child-like and innocent in the beginning; dark and critical of society toward the middle
- Imagery- descriptive details in writing that create an image in the readers mind
7. Literary Terms
- Protagonist- the principal character in a story who brings about change
- * Scout Finch
- Antagonist- the character who opposes change as well as the protagonist
- * Bob Ewell
8. Literary Terms
- Motif- recurring element in a story, usually relates to a theme in the story
- * Gothic details, small-town life
- Symbol- an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning
- * mockingbird, Boo Radley
9. Literary Terms
- Theme- the insight about life that an author wishes to express in a story
- *prejudice(good vs. evil),courage(morality vs. society),growing up(innocence vs. ignorance ; child vs. adult)
- Foreshadowing- the use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in the story
- * the fire, the mad dog, presents in the knothole, Toms trial
10. Ms. Ratliff as Scout