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1 To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee

2 Setting Maycomb, Alabama (fictional city) 1933-1935
Although slavery has long been abolished, the Southerners in Maycomb continue to believe in white supremacy.

3 Themes Racial Prejudice Social Snobbery Morality Tolerance Patience
Equality The Need for Compassion The Need for Conscience

4 Jean Louis Finch – “Scout”
The story’s narrator Although now an adult, Scout looks back at her childhood and tells of the momentous events and influential people of those years. Scout is six when the story begins. She is naturally curious about life.

5 Scout’s Character Traits
Tomboy Impulsive Emotional Warm & Friendly Sensitive Adorable Gains in Maturity throughout the Novel

6 Atticus Finch Father of Scout and Jem A widower
An attorney by profession Highly respected Good citizen Instills good values and morals in his children. His children call him “Atticus” Honest Typical southern gentleman Brave Courteous Soft-spoken

7 Jem Finch Scout’s older brother Looks up to his father Atticus
Usually looks out for Scout Typical older brother at times Smart Compassionate Matures as the story progresses

8 Calpurnia The Finch’s black housekeeper
Has watched the children since their mother’s death Has been a positive influence on the children.

9 Arthur “Boo” Radley An enigma
An adult man, whose father has “sentenced” him to a lifetime confinement to their house because of some mischief he got into when he was a teenager. Has a reputation of being a lunatic Basically a harmless, well-meaning person Sometimes childlike in behavior Starving for love and affection Saves Jem and Scout from certain danger

10 Dill A close friend of Jem and Scout
Usually lives in Maycomb only during the summer (stays with a relative) Tells “big stories” Has been deprived of love and affection

11 Tom Robinson A young, harmless, innocent, hardworking black man
Has a crippled left hand Married with three children. Works on a farm belonging to Mr. Link Deas, a white man Will be falsely accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell

12 Two Poor White Families: The Cunninghams The Ewells
Poor white family Hard-working Honest Proud Survive on very little Always pay back their debts – even if it is with hickory nuts, turnips, or holly. Poor white trash Dirty Lazy Good-for-nothing Never done a day’s work Foul-mouthed Dishonest Immoral

13 The Black Community Simple Honest Clean Hard-working God fearing Proud
Would never take anything with paying it back Respectful Had stronger character than most of the whites Oppressed Uneducated Discriminated against Talked about badly Deserve better than what is dished out to them by society

14 Social Class in the Novel
This is probably similar to how class structure existed during the 1930’s in the South. The wealthy, although fewest in number, were most powerful. The blacks, although great in number, were lowest on the class ladder, and thus, had the least privileges. Examples of each social class: Wealthy - Finches Country Folk - Cunninghams “White Trash” – Ewells Black Community – Tom Robinson

15 Respond Atticus says to Scout:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (39). Why is this idea important? Foreshadowing for the novel? Universal understandings?

16 Chapters 1 - 3 How does the author create a feeling of mystery in the first chapter? Cite details that establish the setting of the novel. Contrast Dill’s family situation with the Finches’. Find the humor in Scout’s first day o school.

17 Chapters 1 - 3 Cite examples of contrast between Jem and Scout.
Contrast Burris Ewell with the other children. What is the reason for the description? What is the thematic significance of the advice Atticus gives Scout? Why does Scout explain Walter Cunningham’s situation to Miss Caroline?

18 Defining Characterization
Direct Characterization tells the audience what the personality of the character is. Indirect Characterization shows things that reveal the personality of a character.

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