2 Harper Lee Born April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama. Youngest of four children.1957 submitted novel; urged to revise.Worked on novel for 2 years.1960 To Kill a Mockingbird publishedLee’s only novelConnected to Truman Capote
3 SettingMaycomb, Alabama (based on Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama)1930sGreat DepressionLegal SegregationPrejudiceIgnorance
4 Point of View First- Person Detached Novel is told through the eyes of Scout, not as the events are happening, but years later.Harper Lee is actually a woman; Scout, in many ways, represents the author as a little girl.
5 Characters Scout (Jean Louise) Finch: 6-year-old narrator Jem (Jeremy) Finch: her older brotherAtticus Finch: father of Scout and Jem; lawyer assigned to defend a black man on a rape chargeArthur (Boo) Radley: 33-year-old recluse who lives next doorCharles Baker (Dill) Harris: Jem and Scout’s summer friend, whose character is based on author Truman CapoteTom Robinson: a black man accused of rapeCalpurnia: The Finch’s black cook and housekeeper
6 Social Class of 1930s Maycomb Decided by comparison, not by dollar-amountWealthy: fewest in number; most powerfulFinchesCountry Folk: Cunninghams“White Trash”: EwellsBlack Community: greatest in numberCalpurnia and Robinsons
7 1930s Depression Brought on, in part, by “Black Friday” of 1929 Businesses failed, factories closedPeople were out of workEven people with money suffered because nothing was being produced for salePoor people lost their homes and were forced to “live off the fatta’ the land.”
10 Prejudice African-Americans were considered inferior. Women were considered weak.Women, generally, were not educated to work outside of the home.In wealthy families, women were to oversee the servants and entertain guests.Men not considered capable of nurturing children.
11 Legal Issues of 1930s Women given the vote in 1920 Juries were MALE and WHITE“FAIR TRIAL” did not include the acceptance of a black man’s word against a white man’s word.
12 Prejudice in the NovelRaceGenderHandicapsRich/poorAgeReligion