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  • 1.Introduction to To Kill A Mockingbird By: Nelle Harper Lee

2. About Nelle Harper Lee Born: April 28, 1926 Birthplace: Monroeville, Alabama Youngest of four children Her father was a lawyer and newspaper editor Nelle Harper Lee was a tomboy as a child 3. Harper Lee Continued Attended and graduated from Monroe County High School Studied law at the University of Alabama Spent a year at Oxford University Did not pursue a legal careermoved to New York where she worked for an airline and spent the remainder of her time writing Mockingbird. 1960 To Kill A Mockingbird emerged 4. Nelle Harper Lee Childhood friend of writer Truman Capote Always took an interest in literature and writing To Kill a Mockingbird is the only novel Lee ever wrote (1960) November 5, 2007 Presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom By George W. Bush Rarely grants requests for public appearances, interviews, or book signings 5. First time is a charm Won the heralded Pulitzer Prize in 1961 In 1999 the novel was voted Best Novel of the Century by the Library Journal Remains a bestseller with 30 million copies in print 6. A Southern Gothic Novel Setting: exclusively in the American South Common Themes: deeply flawed, disturbing or disoriented characters; decayed or derelict settings; grotesque situations; and other sinister events relating to or coming from poverty, alienation, racism, crime, and violence Explores social issues and reveals the cultural character of the American South 7. Mockingbird? "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." 8. Setting Maycomb, Alabama during the depression (1930s) Thought to represent Harper Lees small hometown of Monroeville, AL 9. Setting Continued 10. What was going on? The South was in racial turmoil. Civil Rights Not only was the South dealing with the effects of The Great Depression, they were also DEEPLY involved in the Civil Rights Movement The United States was in financial turmoil. The effects of The Great Depression were felt world-wide not just in the South. Novels setting: 1930s Publication: 1960 11. Main Characters Scout (Jean Louise Finch) six-year-old narrator of story Jem (Jeremy Finch) her older brother Atticus Finch Jem and Scouts father, a prominent lawyer who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman Arthur (Boo) Radley a thirty-three-year-old recluse who lives next door; thought of as a freak 12. Main Characters, cont. Charles Baker (Dill) Harris Jem and Scouts friend who comes to visit his aunt in Maycomb each summer Tom Robinson a respectable black man accused of raping a white woman Calpurnia the Finches black cook Bob Ewell-drunken, unemployed, and comes from a poor family; represents the dark side of the south by symbolizing racial hatred Mayella Ewell-Bobs daughter; lonely and unhappy; accuses a black man of raping her 13. Themes Good vs. Evil Loss of Innocence Prejudice Understanding Educated vs. Uneducated Religion A Time for Courage 14. Themes Each theme is characterized by human flaws, and the only way to overcome the flaw is to act just, according to the laws of a peaceful society. 15. Conflicts Man vs. Man Bob Ewell vs. Tom Robinson Ewells vs. Atticus Finch Man vs. Society Boo Radley vs. Society Tom Robinson vs. Society 16. Social Class in the Novel Wealthy Country Folk "White Trash" Black Community Examples of each social class: Wealthy - Finches Country Folk - Cunninghams White Trash Ewells Black Community Tom Robinson This is probably similar to how class structure existed during the 1930s in the South. The wealthy, although fewest in number, were most powerful. The blacks, although great in number, were lowest on the class ladder, and thus, had the least privileges. 17. THE END! HAPPY READING! 18. Boo Radleys Home Place 19. TKAM Play in Monroeville The Radleys House, The Finchs House, and Dills Aunts house 20. TKAM Play in Monroeville, cont.