To Kill a Mockingbird BY hARPER LEE

Introduction

To kill a mockingbird is a bildungsroman written by Harper Lee in 1950 and published in 1960 by J.B. Lippincott. The book is about three kids, Jem, Scout, brother and sister and their friend Dill. The story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in the years of 1933-1935 when there was a lot of racism and hatred going on through out the world and especially in america against the colored people.

Author

Nelle Harper Lee is the author of " To kill a Mockingbird", Harper was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. After Harper lee finished hight school she went to Huntington College, then left to go study law at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, then transferred to oxford university as an exchange student but before she finished, Harper dropped out of university to do what she truly loved and that was writing. In 1959, Harper finished the manuscript for the book to kill a mockingbird. The following year, To Kill a Mockingbird won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and several other literary awards. the book soon became well known internationally. November 2007, President George W. Bush presented Harper Lee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her "outstanding contribution to America's literary tradition" during a ceremony at the White House.

Characters

Scout (Jean Louise Finch), scout is the Narrator of the story. The story takes place around the time Scout was aged 6 to 9 but the story is told when she was an adult. Scout is a tomboy who scout is a tomboy who enjoys spending most of her time with her brother Jem and her friend Dill. from the start to the end of the book you see big big difference in her personality, at the start she was really curious about everything and she was quick to judge people without knowing them, at the end you see that she has gotten more mature and she is better educated on life and kindness.

Jem (Jeremy Atticus Finch) Scout's older brother who is around 10 to 13 during the story. Jem is an active and outdoors loving kid, who enjoys playing games with Scout and his friend Dill.

Atticus Finch, Atticus is scout and Jems father, Atticus is a widower who raises his children with the help of his nanny Calpurnia. Atticus is a lawyer in the town of Maycomb and during the story he takes on the main court case with Tom Robertson being accused of rape.

Calpurnia, The Finchs' African American housekeeper. Calpurnia has lived at Finch's Landing ever since she was a kid and moved with Atticus to Maycomb when she was older. She is the closest thing to a mother that Scout and Jem have. She is one of the only African American's in town who can read and write, she has tough Scout to write.

Boo Radley (Arthur Radley) Jem and Scouts mysterious neighbor who hides in he house and rarely comes out. Jem and Scout have never seen him and make a game of trying to get him to come outside.

View point

To kill a mockingbird was written in the point of view of Scout Finch many years after the story takes place.

Plot Graph

Exposition: the story takes place in the 1930s, this is when the great depression was going on and racism and inequality was extremely common. Raising action; this is when Atticus took on the court case of Tom Robertson for him being accused of rape, during this time Jem and Scout learnt a valuable lesson on equality and justice. Climax; this is when the jury decided that tom Robertson was guilty and that he was going to be killed, and Jem and Scout couldn't believe that an innocent man was going to be killed. Falling action; Bob Ewell still is upset at Atticus and threatens him making his children worried about him. Resolution; Bob Ewell attacks Jem and Scout but is stopped by Boo Radley killing him.

genre

A bildungsroman is a novel that follows the moral, intellectual and psychological growth of a main character. In To Kill a Mockingbird the reader get to experience scout and Jem grow and mature throughout the story.

backround

To Kill a Mockingbird is somewhat base off of Harper Lee's childhood and where she grow up. In Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee grow up there was a lot of racism and prejudice and Harper represents a lot of this in the book.

symbols

To Kill a Mockingbird is a symbol on it's own, to kill a mockingbird is to kill innocent for no reason. Boo Radley is another symbol in the book, at the star of the book Scout and Jem were always intrigued by him even though they didn't know him, then near the end of the book when they started to lose interest in him he finally revealed him self to Jem an Scout.

motifs

Some motifs from the book To kill a Mockingbird are, mockingbirds, losing battles, random snowfall, crazy dog and Miss Maudie's house catching on fire.

themes

The themes in To Kill a Mockingbird are, Prejudice, racism, fear of the unknown, coming of age and family relations.

quote

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Personally I think that this quote is the most powerful quote in the book, the quote helps us understand whats going on in the book and how people in Maycomb often prejudge others before they get to know them.

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Garrett Guillemette
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