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  • 1. An Introduction to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
  • 2. Harper Lee
    • Born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama
    • Youngest of four children
    • 1957 – submitted manuscript for her novel; was urged to rewrite it
    • Spent over two years reworking it
    • 1960 – To Kill a Mockingbird (her only novel) published
    • 1966 - was one of two persons named by President Johnson to the National Council of Arts
  • 3. SETTING Maycomb, Alabama
    • 1930’s
      • Great Depression
      • Prejudice and legal segregation
      • Ignorance
    • Southern United States
  • 4. Point of View
    • First person
      • Story 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
  • 5. Main Characters
    • Scout (Jean Louise Finch) – six-year-old narrator of story
    • Jem (Jeremy Finch) – her older brother
    • Atticus Finch – Jem and Scout’s 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
    • Charles Baker (Dill) Harris – Jem and Scout’s 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
  • 6. Social Class in the Novel This is probably similar to how class structure existed during the 1930’ s 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. Examples of each social class: Wealthy - Finches Country Folk - Cunninghams “ White Trash” – Ewells Black Community – Tom Robinson
  • 7. 1930’s - Great Depression began when the stock market crashed in October, 1929
    • Businesses failed, factories closed
      • People were out of work
      • Even people with money suffered because nothing was being produced for sale.
    • Poor people lost their homes, were forced to “live off the land.”
  • 8. Racial prejudice was alive & well. Although slavery had ended in 1864, old ideas were slow to change
  • 9. Racial separation (segregation)
  • 10. Gender Bias (Prejudice)
    • Women were considered “weak”
    • Women were generally not educated for occupations outside the home
    • In wealthy families, women were expected to oversee the servants and entertain guests
    • Men not considered capable of nurturing children
  • 11. Legal Issues of the 1930’s which impact the story
    • Women given the vote in 1920
    • Juries were MALE and WHITE
    • “ Fair trial” did not include acceptance of a black man’s word against a white man’s
  • 12. Prejudice in the novel Race Gender Handicaps Rich/Poor Age Religion
  • 13. 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 naïve acceptance
    • “ Goodness vs. Ignorance (Evil)” is an important theme
  • 14. Negro Neighborhood
  • 15. White Neighborhood Ewell Dump Maycomb Courthouse Finch Home Alabama Plantation
  • 16. " 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."
  • 17. For your Viewing Pleasure… To start our novel unit, we will be watching the film version of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, as well as the movie “A Time to Kill,” a recent film production based on John Grisham’s novel, which deals with similar issues of race and justice. A time to kill will be watched last. Be prepared for some questions on the final exam on both of these movies!!
  • 18. Trailer