To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a
Mockingbird
Background
Notes
Harper Lee
To
Kill a Mockingbird is
largely autobiographical.
Born in Monroeville,
Alabama.
Born on April 28, 1926.
Harper Lee
Family
Father
(Francis
Finch Lee)
 A lawyer
– The pattern for Atticus
Finch, the attorney
whose quiet heroism and
integrity are central to
the novel.
Childhood
Harper
Lee grew up in
the Great Depression
of the 1930’s.
 This is the same time
period as TKAM.
Education
Harper
Lee attended
Law School at the
University of Alabama.
She left in 1950 without
finishing.
Education
She
spent one
year as an
exchange
student at
Oxford
University in
Great Britain.
Work Experience
Then
she
worked as an
airline
reservation
clerk in New
York City.
Writing Experience
She
wrote in her free
time.
Eventually she quit her
job and devoted all of
her time to writing.
Writing Experience
She
submitted her first
manuscript of To Kill a
Mockingbird in 1957.
It was rejected.
Writing Experience
She
spent another
30 months revising
the entire book.
It was finally
accepted.
Writing Experience
In
1960, To Kill a
Mockingbird was
published.
“One-Book Author”
Pulitzer Prize Award
In
1961, To
Kill a
Mockingbird
won the
Pulitzer
Prize for
fiction.
Other Awards in 1961
–the Literary Award from
the Alabama Library
Association
– Brotherhood Award of
the National conference of
Christians and Jews.
TKAM Film
In
1962
– A film version
(considered a classic)
–Received several
Academy Awards.
TKAM Setting
Maycomb
County, is
the imaginary district in
southern Alabama
where To Kill a
Mockingbird is set.
TKAM Setting
Maycomb,
the
setting of
TKAM, is
modeled on
Harper Lee’s
home town,
TKAM Setting
The
story begins in the
summer of 1933.
The story ends on
Halloween night,
1935.
Background of U.S.
The
country is in the
grips of the
Great Depression.
Background of U.S.

Franklin D. Roosevelt,
with his “New Deal”
programs is trying to
improve the situation of
widespread poverty and
unemployment.
The Great Depression
Setting: Maycomb
Maycomb,
however, is
relatively isolated, and
slow to respond to
change.
Setting: Maycomb
Maycomb’s
population
has remained virtually
unchanged for many
years.
Setting: Maycomb
Yet,
progress,
however slow, is
making its way to
Maycomb.
Characters
Harper
Lee’s
childhood friend,
Truman Capote, is
the basis for the
character Dill in
TKAM.
Characters
Truman Capote is
the author of
In Cold Blood.
Characters
Monroeville
citizens
serve as the basis for
many of the characters
in the novel.
To
Kill a Mockingbird is
a “coming of age” novel,
which details the growth
and development of the
main character.
Point of View
Person: “I”
The account of a young
child coming to terms with
racism and intolerance in
a southern town.
First
Themes
 Racism
 Class/Social
 Intolerance
 Bigotry
 Differences
 Injustice
Prejudice
Overview
TKAM
is a condemnation
of the injustice of
prejudice and a plea for
greater understanding
and tolerance between
races.
Works Cited
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