AUTHOR - HARPER LEE born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama studied law at the Univ. of Alabama father was a lawyer ; sister still practices law
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD First and only novel written by Lee. Won Pulitzer Prize in 1961 Movie version won three Academy Awards in 1963 Best actor for Gregory Peck
Novel of maturation. Central character is taken from a state of innocence and goes through experiences and realizations to prepare for adulthood. Also is a portrayal of racism in the deep South.
Main Characters Atticus Finch - lawyer in small southern town (Maycomb). Scout (Jean Louise Finch) - Atticus’s daughter and narrator of story.
Jem Finch - Scout’s older brother Cal (Calpurnia) - Black cook; raises the Finch children. Aunt Alexandra - the “proper” aunt who comes to care for the children during the trial. Dill (Charles Baker Harris) - Scout’s friend who comes each summer.
Miss Rachael - Dill’s aunt lives next door Miss Maudie - another neighbor Boo (Mr. Arthur Radley) mysterious neighbor whom the children have never seen. Mr. Nathan Radley - Boo’s brother, stern, seldom speaks Tom Robinson - hard-working black man accused of a crime.
Bob Ewell - father of a clan of children - uses welfare money for alcohol. Mayella Violet Ewell - daughter of Bob Ewell - accuses Tom Robinson of attacking her.
Themes Education Superstition Bravery vs. cowardice Racism Social Structure (class system) Maturation