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To Kill a Mockingbird introduction

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Karla Johnson

on 9 May 2013

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Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird introduction

Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird Setting To Kill a Mockingbird Introduction -1926: Born in Monroeville, Alabama
-Youngest of 4 children
-Her father was a lawyer
-Mother rarely left the house, suffered from mental illness
-Best friend was Truman Capote- another author
-Interested in literature
-Didn't care about fashion, make-up, or dating- stood out from her peers
-Went to an all-female college in Montgomery -1957: Submitted manuscript of her novel
-Spent over 2 years editing it
-1960: Published TKAM-Her only novel
-Her second novel was never published -Maycomb, Alabama
-1930's
-Great Depression
-Prejudice and legal segregation
-Ignorance http://www.biography.com/people/harper-lee-9377021. Point of View -First person: story is told by Scout, a
10 year old girl
-Scout represents the author (Lee) as a little girl, but the story is not strictly autobiographical Racial Prejudice -Still alive in 1930's
-Although slavery ended in 1865, old ideas were slow to change Gender Bias: Prejudice -Women were considered "weak"
-Generally not educated for jobs outside the home
-In wealthy families, women were expected to oversee the servants and entertain guests
-Men not considered capable of nurturing children Legal Issues in 1930's -Women in U.S. got the right to vote in 1920
-Juries were MALE and WHITE
-Black people and women were not allowed to be on the jury
-In court, a black man's word would not carry the same weight as a white man's word Film Trailer
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