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Introduction

Introduction

To Kill a Mockingbird by harper lee


Contents

Contents

  • Historical Background

  • Author Background

  • Major Characters

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Author background nelle harper lee

Author Background—Nelle Harper Lee

  • TKAM is largely autobiographical, written by Harper Lee

  • About Harper Lee

    • born April 28, 1926

    • Grew up during the Great Depression

    • Grew up in Monroeville, Alabama, in the heart of the South, where racial tension was high


Autobiographical elements

Autobiographical Elements

Harper Lee

Scout Finch

Born in Maycomb, AL

Grew up in 1930s

Father (Atticus) is a lawyer

Last name is Finch

  • Born in Monroeville, AL

  • Grew up in the 1930s

  • Father was a lawyer

  • Mother’s maiden name was Finch


Historical background

Historical Background

  • The setting

    • Maycomb, Alabama

    • 1933-1935

    • Great Depression

    • Segregation

    • Hitler in power in Germany

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Historical background1

Historical Background

  • Slavery was abolished in 1864, but Southerners still believe in white supremacy.

  • Segregation exists. Blacks may not sit in the same sections as whites. They have separate facilities as well.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Characters jean louise finch scout

CharactersJean Louise 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.

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Characters atticus finch

CharactersAtticus Finch

  • Father of Scout and Jem

  • A widower

  • An attorney by profession

  • Highly respected

  • Good citizen

  • Instills good values and morals in his children.

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Characters jem finch

CharactersJem 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

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Characters calpurnia

CharactersCalpurnia

  • The Finch’s black housekeeper

  • Has watched the children since their mother’s death

  • Has been a positive influence on the children.

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Characters dill

CharactersDill

  • 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

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


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