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Introduction to To Kill A Mockingbird. By Harper Lee. Essential Question s. · What are the sources, symptoms, and consequences of prejudice? · What is empathy? What role does developing the capacity to empathize play in achieving maturity?

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Introduction to to kill a mockingbird

Introduction to To Kill A Mockingbird

By Harper Lee


Essential question s
Essential Questions

·What are the sources, symptoms, and consequences of prejudice?

·What is empathy? What role does developing the capacity to empathize play in achieving maturity?

  • How does the ability to empathize help combat and overcome prejudice?

  • What role do our informal experiences play in our education?


About the author harper lee
About the Author: Harper Lee

  • To Kill A Mockingbird was published in 1960.

  • It is Harper Lee’s first and only novel

  • It received the Pulitzer Prize in 1961.

  • AFI ranks the film which is based on the book as on of the greatest American films of all time (number 34 on the list)


Setting
Setting

  • The novel is set in Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression (1930’s)

  • H.Lee grew up and still lives in Monroeville, AL

  • Maycomb is based on Monroeville.


What do you know about the setting

What do you know about the setting?

Consider the economic, social, and regional implications.


Themes and related motifs
Themes and Related Motifs

  • Definitions: Theme and Motif

  • Theme – a message the author is trying to send through a work of literature

  • Motif- a recurring element


Themes and motifs cont

Prejudice- learning how to judge in a reasonable fashion

MOTIFS - blind spots, mockingbirds and “standing in someone else’s shoes”

Themes and Motifs cont.


Themes and motifs cont1

Empathy – learning to look beyond one’s self and consider another’s perspective; gaining maturity

MOTIFS- education (formal and informal), “standing in someone else’s shoes"

Themes and Motifs cont.


Themes and motifs cont2

Courage – learning how, when and what to fight consider another’s perspective; gaining maturity

MOTIFS – heroism, weapons, losing battles, fear, integrity vs. hypocrisy

Themes and Motifs cont.


Structure
Structure consider another’s perspective; gaining maturity

Structure – The novel is divided into 2 parts

The two parts of the novel are parallel (similar in style and structure)

  Part 1 Part 2


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