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To Kill a Mockingbird Pre-Reading

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Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird Pre-Reading

To Kill a Mockingbird
Pre-Reading
The author of this novel is Harper Lee.
To Kill a Mockingbird
, published in 1960, is the only book she has written; it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
The novel is set in Maycomb, AL during the Great Depression, when millions lost their jobs and more than 750, 000 farmers lost their land.
Even professionals, like lawyers, had a hard time because the people who hired them could not afford to pay.
Even though Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in 1863, Blacks were still not treated equally.
Typical jobs for African Americans were domestic work, field labor, and factory jobs.
To Kill a Mockingbird
is a coming of age novel in which the main character matures.
She will change from having a child-like view of the world to one more adult-like, and in this change she will lose some of her innocence.
The plot covers 3 years in the lives of Scout and her brother Jem. Scout narrates the novel in 1st person point of view through adult eyes, that is she tells the story of her childhood experiences after she's grown up.
Through imagery we hear her child's voice.
The title comes from a passage in the novel in which Miss Maudie explains that it's a sin to kill a mockingbird because they do nothing harmful themselves; they only give us joy.
This idea becomes a symbol in the novel, and we see many examples of "mockingbirds" and witness the world's cruel behavior against their innocence.
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