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  1. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

  2. Written by Harper Lee • Completed the novel in 1957, published in 1960, just before the peak of American Civil Rights movement. • Setting: Maycomb, Alabama • 1930s To Kill a Mockingbird

  3. The famous “Scottsboro Boys” case influenced Lee’s novel • Video Scottsboro Case

  4. Themes • It is sinful to inflict harm, whether it involves judgment or physical injury, on someone or something innocent. • The coexistence of good and evil • The importance of moral education • The existence of social inequality Themes

  5. Motifs • Gothic details • Fire • Rabid dog • Small town life • Superficial kindness • Everybody’s business • One of your own Motifs

  6. Symbols • Mockingbirds • Boo Radley • The Snowman • One of your own Symbols

  7. Jim Crow Laws • Video Historical Context