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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
  • childhood.

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