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To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee. Setting Maycomb, Alabama (fictional city) Maycomb, Alabama (fictional city) 1933-1935 1933-1935 Although slavery.

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1 To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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

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

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

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

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

7 Jem Finch Scouts 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 Finchs black housekeeper The Finchs black housekeeper Has watched the children since their mothers death Has watched the children since their mothers death Has been a positive influence on the children. Has been a positive influence on the children.

9 Arthur Boo Radley An enigma 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. 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 Has a reputation of being a lunatic Basically a harmless, well-meaning person Basically a harmless, well-meaning person Sometimes childlike in behavior Sometimes childlike in behavior Starving for love and affection Starving for love and affection Saves Jem and Scout from certain danger Saves Jem and Scout from certain danger

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

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

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

13 The Black Community Simple Simple Honest Honest Clean Clean Hard-working Hard-working God fearing God fearing Proud Proud Would never take anything with paying it back Would never take anything with paying it back Respectful Respectful Had stronger character than most of the whites Had stronger character than most of the whites Oppressed Oppressed Uneducated Uneducated Discriminated against Discriminated against Talked about badly Talked about badly Deserve better than what is dished out to them by society 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 1930s 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).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 How does the author create a feeling of mystery in the first chapter? How does the author create a feeling of mystery in the first chapter? Cite details that establish the setting of the novel. Cite details that establish the setting of the novel. Contrast Dills family situation with the Finches. Contrast Dills family situation with the Finches. Find the humor in Scouts first day o school. Find the humor in Scouts first day o school.

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