About the author: Harper Lee, is the author of the book, How To Kill A Mocking Bird. This book was written in the mid-1950's in New York City. The final product of How To Kill A Mocking Bird was published in 1960. Harper Lee was born April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She would have been 34 when the book was published. This book was the first book Lee had written and her publisher was J.B. Lippincott.
View point: The book How To Kill A Mocking Bird, was told by Scout Finch in the first person perspective. Scout was telling her story, what she saw and heard throughout the book. When Scout told her side of what she saw and heard, she had also taken the time to recounter and analyze Jem's thoughts and actions as well.
Bildungsroman: Bildungsroman is typically based on books that have the main characters growth in physiological development and moral education. The bildungsroman books usually end on a good note with the main character overcoming their mistakes. In How To Kill A Mocking Bird Scout has shown how she grown on her adventures with Dill and Jem.
Characters: Scout Finch: Scout is a child who has growth throughout the book. She is a curious, intelligent young girl who lives in Maycomb, Alabama. Her curiosity has gotten the best of her and she had went over to the Radley tree and in the knothole there was a gift... gum. She has two best friends Dill and Jem . With her kind heart Scout knows what best for everyone.
Characters: Dill Harris: Dill is a young boy who visits Maycomb every summer to see his aunt Alexandra. He has a very imaginative mind and has tried to get Boo Radley out of his house throughout the book. His best friends are Jem and Scout. Dill has shown he wants to care for other people around him.
Characters: Boo Radley: Boo is a man who has been described as a person who killed his family. He is a man who keeps to himself but is a good willed guy. He has left gifts throughout the book for Scout and Jem. Boo is just a misunderstood man with a kind heart.
Characters: Tom Robinson: Tom is a black male charged for the rape and assault of Mayella Ewell. Other than the fact that he has been labeled, Tom is known as a hard worker and a generous man. To spite not having a family or a job, Mr. Robinson would help out Mayella around the house.
Background and historical context: Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama, a similar town to Maycomb in many ways. She had used and things and ideas from her own life to create the book, How To Kill A Mocking Bird. It was the story of race relations in the south in the 1930's told through the eyes of a little girl. The book was written throughout the great depression and race relations, this being said, it had also taken a part in the book.
Plot graph: 1) Exposition: Setting: A fictional town - Maycomb, Alabama, Time: 1933-1935, Past tense, Protagonist: Scout Finch, Characters: Atticus Finch, Scout Finch, Jem Finch, Bob Ewell, Robert Ewell, Mayella Ewell, Boo Radley, Alexandra Hancock, Dill Harris, Maudie Atkinson, Tom Robinson, Calpurnia. 2) Rising action: The rising action is when Scout, Jem, and Dill begin to get curious about their neighbor, Boo Radley. Meanwhile, Atticus has been assigned to defend, Tom Robinson against the rape charge Bob Ewell has brought against him 3) Climax: The climax is when Tom Robinson is found guilty. 4) Falling Action: The falling action is when Jem struggles with judgement. Bob Ewell spits on Atticus. Also Jem and Atticus discuss the trial process. 5) Resolution: The resolution is when Scout struggles to understand the difference between Miss Gates and Atticus. Bob Ewell harasses judge Taylor about the trial. And Scout has finally meet the one and only Boo Radley.
Themes: How To Kill A Mocking Bird's most important theme is the coexistence of good and evil. In the book they have taken Scout and Jem's perspective of innocence children, in which they assume people are good because they have never seen evil, to being a more mature adult, in which they confront evil and must incorporate it into their everyday lives.
Motifs: One motif in the book was how it was placed in a small town life. Harper Lee had chosen to do a small town life because it emphasizes the slow paced, good natured life of Maycomb. When a small town life and gothic images were brought together it helped the book focus on the forces of good and evil.
Symbols: One symbol in the book, is a mocking bird. The mocking bird is portrayed as a symbol of innocence. Thus, How To Kill A Mocking Bird is the destroy the innocence. Throughout the book, multiple characters can be identified as a mocking bird, such as, Jem, Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, Dill, ect. These are character who's innocence have been destroyed by evil. A mocking bird has an open mind to speak and sing whenever they want, to voice their opinion just like Jem and Scout did in the book.
Quotes: "Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mocking bird." -Atticus Finch "You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them." -To kill a mocking bird "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his ski and walk around in it." -Atticus Finch