Presentation on theme: "Harper Lee Born April 28, 1926. About the author Grew up in Monroeville, Alabama Her father, a lawyer and state legislator, was a descendant of General."— Presentation transcript:
About the author Grew up in Monroeville, Alabama Her father, a lawyer and state legislator, was a descendant of General Robert E Lee Lee was an avid reader and from a young age wanted to become a writer
More About the Author Attended University of Alabama and later moved to NYC to pursue a writing career After two years of writing and revising, To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960
About the novel To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate success Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 Voted best novel of the century by Library Journal in 1999
More About the Novel 1991 survey by the Library of Congress asked readers to rank books that had made a significant difference in their lives. TKaM ranked second after the Bible. TKaM is the only novel Lee ever published For more than 40 years, Lee has declined to comment on her novel, letting it speak for itself
Style Coming of Age Lee chose a form of fiction that explicitly deals with the main characters growing up and maturing. Language Lee employs colloquial language – esp. in the speech of the characters (dialogue) and in the descriptions of setting
Style Cont. Narration Double-layered narration is used. The older Scout explicitly tells the story at the outset of the novel and at its end. In the middle, the story is told from the perspective of Scout as a child. However, there are points in the novel where the two narrators are almost telling the story at the same time.
Style Cont. Symbols Lee employs several central symbols in the novel Mockingbird Snowman Mad dog Boo Radley Clothing – esp. Scout’s clothes Buildings
Themes Race Relations Growing up Search for Identity America divided Justice vs. the Law History vs. the Present Conformity vs. Individuality Gender Roles Stereotypes Exposed Myths of Childhood
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