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To Kill a Mockingbird. By Harper Lee. OVERVIEW OF THE NOVEL. AUTHOR: Harper Lee PUBLICATION DATE: 1960 SETTING: Maycomb, Alabama 1933-1935 POINT OF VIEW: First person narrative

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overview of the novel
OVERVIEW OF THE NOVEL
  • AUTHOR: Harper Lee
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 1960
  • SETTING: Maycomb, Alabama 1933-1935
  • POINT OF VIEW: First person narrative
  • THEMES: Lack of and need for human compassion Need for individual conscience
harper lee
HARPER LEE
  • (Nellie) Harper Lee
  • BORN: April 28, 1926
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Monroe, Alabama
  • PARENTS: Amasa C. and Frances (Finch) Lee Related to Robert E. Lee
author s links to the novel s plot and characters
AUTHOR’SLINKS TO THE NOVEL’S PLOT AND CHARACTERS
  • Harper Lee’s father was a Southern lawyer. He served as the prototype for Atticus Finch.
  • Harper Lee’s age (6 to 8) correlates with Scout’s age during 1933-1935, the time period of the book.
  • The courtroom in Maycomb is patterned after the one in Monroeville where Harper Lee observed her father in courtroom proceedings.
  • Tom Robinson’s trial appears to be a composite of many trials in the South, specifically the Scottsboro trials.
  • Some of the novel’s characters are composites of people Harper Lee knew personally; for example, the author Truman Capote as Dill.
characters
CHARACTERS
  • ATTICUS FINCH – lawyer, father of Scout and Jem; widower
  • JEAN LOUISE “SCOUT” FINCH – adult narrator as story begins; narrates story in retrospect; relates events that begin when she is 6 years old.
  • JEM FINCH – Scout’s brother, who is 4 years older than she.
  • CHARLES BAKER “DILL” HARRIS – 7- year-old visitor to Maycomb; acts as a catalyst
more characters
MORE CHARACTERS
  • ARTHUR “BOO” RADLEY – neighborhood recluse
  • CALPURNIA – the black housekeeper for the Finch family
  • AUNT ALEXANDRA – Scout & Jem’s aunt
  • MAUDE ATKINSON – friend of Finch family
more characters1
MORE CHARACTERS
  • TOM ROBINSON – black man accused of raping a white girl
  • MAYELLA EWELL – the girl who accuses Tom of rape
  • BOB EWELL – Mayella’s father
  • HECK TATE – sheriff of Maycomb
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ATTICUS

Justice

BOB

EWELL

Innocence

JEM

SCOUT

DILL

Bigotry

Or

Prejudice

CHARACTERS

AS

SYMBOLS

CALPURNIA

&

MAUDIE

TOM

ROBINSON

&

BOO

Helpfulness

Helplessness

questions to consider
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
  • What was America like during the time of this book?
  • What is the significance of the title with regards to the plot and symbolism?
  • What experiences and people did Harper Lee rely on in order to develop her plot and characters?
  • Is there still prejudice in America today?