To Kill A Mockingbird "our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levellers, and in our courts all men are created equal"

Introduction: To Kill A Mockingbird is a coming of age novel, taken place from 1933-1935 about a black man wrongly accused of raping a white girl. In this book you get to see Jem and Scout growing up and the story of their childhood, also you will see the racism in their community.

Author information: Harper Lee is a female author from Monroeville Alabama, born on April 28 1926. Harper was the youngest of four children, Harper's father was a lawyer and also newspaper editor. Harper's mother was a stay at home mom and she didn't leave the house lots. In high school she found an interest in English literature and after high school she attended an all female college called Huntingdon College in Montgomery. She then changed to the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, she didn't have many friends. Lee helped to make the schools magazine and newspaper. She then went on to attend Oxford University as an exchange student. She then moved to New York City and became a ticket agent. After that Harper started to write more then in 1960 she released to Kill A Mockingbird. It was one of many books she wrote but that is her most popular one.

View point: This book was written through Scout's perspective. Throughout the book you will see Jem and Scout grow and see them learn. Not only is the book only seen in Scout's perspective it is sometimes seen in other people perspective such as Calpurnia, Atticus, Jem and Dill.

The bildungsroman: To Kill A Mockingbird is a coming of age story. Scout and Jem at the start of the book are younger and childish and as the book progress you see Scout and Jem start to learn more life lessons and you see them grow older and mature. Scout at the start of the book was only five and she would ask childish questions and she was a tomboy. At the end of the book she was eight so she would think over the questions before she asked them and she grew up lots are started to become more lady like.

Jean Louise Finch "Scout" is the main character. Scout is the one telling the story. She's five at the start of the book and by the end she's eight. She's a tomboy at the start of th e book but by the end she's more of a girly girl. Scout's brother is Jem and her dad is Atticus Finch.
Jeremey Finch "Jem" is the brother of Scout and the son of Atticus Finch. He's 10 at the start of the book and by the end he's 13. He's very brave and adventurous. Jem is Scout and Dill's best friend throughout the book.
Charles Baker Harris "Dill" is Jem and Scout's summer friend. He is the nephew of Miss Rachel Haverford.
Atticus Finch is a lawyer who takes on the case of Tom Robinson. He has two children, their names are Jean Louise and Jermey Finch. Atticus is nice to everyone and wants to treat everyone the same.
Calpurnia is the housekeeper of the Finch's. She acts as a mother figure to Jem and Scout.

Backround and historical content: The book To Kill A Mockingbird took place during the great depression. the great depression was a severe worldwide depression that took place during the 1930's and was the most widespread depression in the 20th century. Also at this time there was Alot of racism going on.

THEMES

The coexistence of good and evil: in jem and scouts earlie age they did not understand the difference of good and evil do to their inocence. But as they get oler they become more wise and had more of an adult perspective they came to realise that there is a lot of bad people in the world too.

Social inequality: one example of social inequality is all the black people in the community like Tom Robinson get treated very poorly and the people like the finches stand near the top of maycombs social hierarchy. Another example is, due to the fact bob ewell is white it was easier for him to acuse a black person of rape due to his skin colour than anybody else.

MOTIFS

Small-Town life: In this book the autor really shows us the slow paced good natured life in maycomb. But she alo shows us the good and evil in the small town like everyone helping save miss maudies possesions to Mr Ewells atack on scout and jem.

SYMBOL

One symbol in To Kill A Mockingbird is Boo Radley. Boo is a symbol because he shows the unknown in the book. At the start of the book the kids barley know anything about Boo so there is lots of unknown then throughout the book they learn more about Boo so there is less of an unknown. Boo during the book would leave stuff in the trees for the kids and that is a symbol of unknown cause they didn't know who it was coming from.

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