Presentation on theme: "By Harper Lee. Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird when she was 34 years old, and it is the only novel she ever published. Lee grew up in Monroeville,"— Presentation transcript:
By Harper Lee
Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird when she was 34 years old, and it is the only novel she ever published. Lee grew up in Monroeville, Alabama and she is a descendent of Robert E. Lee. Her father was a state senator and lawyer in Monroeville, and the inspiration for her character Atticus Finch. Lee’s mother’s maiden name was Finch. Scout’s character is based on Lee Received the Pulitzer Prize for her novel
The story is strongly centered on real events that occurred in the South in the 1930s. Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson, a black man, who is accused of raping a poor white girl, Mayella Ewell. This story line is based on the Scottsboro Trials. The Great Depression plays a large part in the story. Many families had nothing. Segregation was heavily enforced.
Maycomb, Alabama 1933—1935 The story takes place after the abolishment of slavery, but the white Southerners tend to still believe in white supremacy. Main characters Atticus Finch Scout (Jean Louise) Finch, daughter of Atticus Jem (Jeremy) Finch, son of Atticus Dill (Charles) Harris, friend of the Finch children Calpurnia, housekeeper/cook/nanny of the Finch family Boo Radley, neighborhood Boogie Man Tom Robinson, Atticus’s client
The first plot line tells the story of Boo Radley. Boo Radley, or Arthur Radley, is the mysterious recluse neighbor of the Finches. Boo Radley is rarely, if ever, seen outside of his home. He is cared for by his brother, Nathan, after the death of his parents. The rumors surrounding Boo make him out to be a psychotic killer with a taste for small animals, and possibly children. The story of Boo Radley allows the reader to get to know Jem, Scout, and Dill as the adventurous, superstitious children that they are.
The second plot of the novel is the story of Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Atticus Finch represents Tom Robinson. Jem and Scout put up with a lot of abuse from their classmates because of this. The all white jury convicts Tom Robinson. Robinson attempts to escape from jail and is shot to death. These events turn the plot line back to Boo Radley.
Racial Prejudice Social Snobbery Morality Tolerance Patience Equality The need for compassion The need for conscience
The mockingbird symbolizes everything that is good and harmless in the world. It only sings to please others, and it is a sin to shoot one. This image, or symbol, appears four times in the novel. The mockingbird represents two characters: Boo Radley and Tom Robinson.
Narrator of the story 6 years old when the story begins Very curious Very smart Can read and write before starting school Outspoken—Scout says what she thinks, even is she knows it might get her into trouble
Dynamic Round She is a tomboy, impulsive, emotional, friendly, sensitive, and very caring about others.
Scout’s older brother Looks up to his father and wants to be like him Looks out for Scout Smart Compassionate Dynamic Round
Father of Jem and Scout Widower Attorney and politician Very well respected by his peers Instills good values and morals in his children Honest Brave Courteous
Housekeeper for the Finches Has cared for the children since their mother’s death Taught Scout to write The only mother figure in the children’s lives
Mysterious man Surrounded by suspicion and rumors Reputed to be crazy Recluse Turns out to be harmless, and caring Somewhat childlike Saves Jem and Scout from danger
A young, harmless, innocent, hardworking, black man Has a crippled left hand Married, has three children Works on a farm Falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell
Friend of Jem and Scout Only lives in Maycomb for the summer Tell stories BIG imagination
Poor white family Hard-working Proud Honest Survive on very little Always find a way to pay their debts Poor white trash Dirty Lazy Never work Foul-mouthed Dishonest Immoral
Honest Clean Hard-working God fearing Proud Respectful Strong character/morals Oppressed Under educated Discriminated against