Presentation on theme: "To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee. OVERVIEW OF THE NOVEL AUTHOR: Harper Lee PUBLICATION DATE: 1960 SETTING: Maycomb, Alabama 1933-1935 POINT OF VIEW:"— Presentation transcript:
OVERVIEW OF THE NOVEL AUTHOR: Harper Lee PUBLICATION DATE: 1960 SETTING: Maycomb, Alabama 1933-1935 POINT OF VIEW: First person narrative THEMES: Lack of and need for human compassion Need for individual conscience
HARPER LEE (Nellie) Harper Lee BORN: April 28, 1926 PLACE OF BIRTH: Monroe, Alabama PARENTS: Amasa C. and Frances (Finch) Lee Related to Robert E. Lee
AUTHOR’S LINKS TO THE NOVEL’S PLOT AND CHARACTERS Harper Lee’s father was a Southern lawyer. He served as the prototype for Atticus Finch. Harper Lee’s age (6 to 8) correlates with Scout’s age during 1933-1935, the time period of the book. The courtroom in Maycomb is patterned after the one in Monroeville where Harper Lee observed her father in courtroom proceedings. Tom Robinson’s trial appears to be a composite of many trials in the South, specifically the Scottsboro trials. Some of the novel’s characters are composites of people Harper Lee knew personally; for example, the author Truman Capote as Dill.
CHARACTERS ATTICUS FINCH – lawyer, father of Scout and Jem; widower JEAN LOUISE “SCOUT” FINCH – adult narrator as story begins; narrates story in retrospect; relates events that begin when she is 6 years old. JEM FINCH – Scout’s brother, who is 4 years older than she. CHARLES BAKER “DILL” HARRIS – 7- year-old visitor to Maycomb; acts as a catalyst
MORE CHARACTERS ARTHUR “BOO” RADLEY – neighborhood recluse CALPURNIA – the black housekeeper for the Finch family AUNT ALEXANDRA – Scout & Jem’s aunt MAUDE ATKINSON – friend of Finch family
MORE CHARACTERS TOM ROBINSON – black man accused of raping a white girl MAYELLA EWELL – the girl who accuses Tom of rape BOB EWELL – Mayella’s father HECK TATE – sheriff of Maycomb
CHARACTERS AS SYMBOLS Innocence Justice Helpfulness Bigotry Or Prejudice Helplessness JEM SCOUT DILL ATTICUS BOB EWELL CALPURNIA & MAUDIE TOM ROBINSON & BOO
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER 1.What was America like during the time of this book? 2.What is the significance of the title with regards to the plot and symbolism? 3.What experiences and people did Harper Lee rely on in order to develop her plot and characters? 4.Is there still prejudice in America today?