2Setting Maycomb, Alabama (fictional city) 1933-1935 Although slavery has long been abolished, the Southerners in Maycomb continue to believe in white supremacy.
3Themes Racial Prejudice Social Snobbery Morality Tolerance Patience EqualityThe Need for CompassionThe Need for Conscience
4Jean Louis Finch – “Scout” The story’s narratorAlthough 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.
5Scout’s Character Traits TomboyImpulsiveEmotionalWarm & FriendlySensitiveAdorableGains in Maturity throughout the Novel
6Atticus Finch Father of Scout and Jem A widower An attorney by professionHighly respectedGood citizenInstills good values and morals inhis children.His children call him “Atticus”HonestTypical southern gentlemanBraveCourteousSoft-spoken
7Jem Finch Scout’s older brother Looks up to his father Atticus Usually looks out for ScoutTypical older brother at timesSmartCompassionateMatures as the story progresses
8Calpurnia The Finch’s black housekeeper Has watched the children since their mother’s deathHas been a positive influence on the children.
9Arthur “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 lunaticBasically a harmless, well-meaning personSometimes childlike in behaviorStarving for love and affectionSaves Jem and Scout from certain danger
10Dill 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
11Tom Robinson A young, harmless, innocent, hardworking black man Has a crippled left handMarried with three children. Works on a farm belonging to Mr. Link Deas, a white manWill be falsely accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell
12Two Poor White Families: The Cunninghams The Ewells Poor white familyHard-workingHonestProudSurvive on very littleAlways pay back their debts – even if it is with hickory nuts, turnips, or holly.Poor white trashDirtyLazyGood-for-nothingNever done a day’s workFoul-mouthedDishonestImmoral
13The Black Community Simple Honest Clean Hard-working God fearing Proud Would never take anything with paying it backRespectfulHad stronger character than most of the whitesOppressedUneducatedDiscriminated againstTalked about badlyDeserve better than what is dished out to them by society
14Social 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 - FinchesCountry Folk - Cunninghams“White Trash” – EwellsBlack Community – Tom Robinson
15Respond 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?
16Chapters 1 - 3How 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.
17Chapters 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?
18Defining Characterization Direct Characterization tells the audience what the personality of the character is.Indirect Characterization shows things that reveal the personality of a character.