Presentation on theme: "Author of To Kill a Mockingbird (Nelle) Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama. Her first novel was To Kill a Mockingbird. For."— Presentation transcript:
Author of To Kill a Mockingbird (Nelle) Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama. Her first novel was To Kill a Mockingbird. For this she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the best novel of 1960. The character, Atticus, is apparently based on Lee’s father, who practiced law in Monroeville.
Structure of To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird is divided into two parts. Part I deals with the children’s efforts to lure Boo Radley, the neighborhood recluse, into the light of day. Part II centers on Atticus’s failure to acquit Tom Robinson for the rape of a white woman, and his subsequent success in luring the truth about the crime into the light of the courtroom.
Setting and Atmosphere of To Kill a Mockingbird In the early 1930s, the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, shows the effects of the Depression: the general hard times require that the community draw on its values of compassion, generosity, and endurance, and the Southern caste structure ensures that these values will come into conflict with deep-seated prejudices.
Point of View of To Kill a Mockingbird Scout tells the story of herself as she ages from six to eight in order to understand it for the first time--and to do so, some distance is required. Therefore, this story is told in the first person point of view.
Themes of To Kill a Mockingbird There are three major themes in To Kill a Mockingbird. Growing up Prejudice Courage
Growing Up in To Kill a Mockingbird The children in To Kill a Mockingbird pass from innocence and isolation to the beginnings of their participation in a flawed society. We watch the process by which Scout and Jem develop an intellectual integrity and emotional maturity, simultaneously applying to their society a generosity of spirit and a clear eye.
Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird Class, racial, and sexual prejudice as deeply ingrained aspects of society are identified and discussed extensively.
Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird follows a gradual extension of the meaning of courage from the physical courage required to touch Boo’s house or shoot a rabid dog, to the moral courage necessary to give up morphine or to fight a losing battle against racial injustice.
Motifs in To Kill a Mockingbird These include mockingbirds, boundaries, formal education, point of view (“walk in other person’s shoes”), battles and weapons, secrets and hypocrisies, superstitions and scary-stories, and “when to worry.”
Style in To Kill a Mockingbird The techniques that Harper Lee employs are an episodic plot structure, a dry humor (often based on the discrepancy between what a six-year-old Scout sees and what the reader understands about an event) and the repetition that allows themes to emerge and to be reinforced.