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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

By Harper Lee


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

  • 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

  • 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?

Consider the economic, social, and regional implications.


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


Prejudice- learning how to judge in a reasonable fashion

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

Themes and Motifs cont.


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.


Courage – learning how, when and what to fight

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

Themes and Motifs cont.


Structure

Structure – The novel is divided into 2 parts

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

 Part 1Part 2


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