“To Kill a Mockingbird” By Nelle Harper Lee 2. Part One . book, I asked Dill where his father was: “You ain't said anything about him.” “I haven't got one.”. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do. When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out. Maycomb, some twenty miles east of Finch's Landing, was the county seat of Maycomb County.

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More info. The character of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird would have liked her. In high school Lee was fortunate to have a gifted English teacher, Gladys Watson Burkett, who introduced her to challenging literature and the rigors of writing well. Lee loved 19th-century British authors best, and once said that her ambition was to become "the Jane Austen of south Alabama.

Eventually she became editor-in-chief of the Rammer Jammer, a quarterly humor magazine on campus. She entered the law school, but she "loathed" it.

Despite her father's hopes that she would become a local attorney like her sister Alice, Lee went to New York to pursue her writing.

She spent eight years working odd jobs before she finally showed a manuscript to Tay Hohoff, an editor at J. At this point, it still resembled a string of stories more than the novel that Lee had intended. Under Hohoff's guidance, the perspective was changed to Scout as a child, and two and a half years of rewriting followed.

The bestselling, Pulitzer prize-winning classic.

When the novel was finally ready for publication, the author opted for the name "Harper Lee" on the cover, because she didn't want to be misidentified as "Nellie. In , the novel won the Pulitzer Prize. Lee later researched a book, similar to Capote's In Cold Blood , about a part-time minister in Alexander City, Alabama, accused of killing five people for their insurance money and later himself murdered by a victim's relative.

However, she dropped the project in the s. It wasn't until February of that news of a second novel surfaced, when Lee's publisher announced a newly discovered manuscript for Go Set a Watchman, the novel Lee wrote before To Kill a Mockingbird. In the meantime, To Kill a Mockingbird has sold more than 30 million copies in forty languages. According to biographer Charles J. Shields, Lee was unprepared for the amount of personal attention associated with writing a bestseller.

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She led a quiet and guardedly private life. As Sheriff Tate says of Boo Radley, "draggin' him with his shy ways into the limelight—to me, that's a sin.

They lived next door to each other: Capote with aunts and uncles, Lee with her parents and three siblings. From the start they loved reading and recognized in each other "an apartness," as Capote later expressed it.

When Lee's father gave them an old Underwood typewriter, they began writing original stories. Although Capote moved to New York City in the third grade to join his mother and stepfather, he returned to Monroeville most summers, eventually providing the inspiration for Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird. Around that time, Lee quit law school and joined Capote in New York to work at becoming a writer, too.

Years of menial jobs followed until To Kill a Mockingbird was ready for publication. Capote read the manuscript and made editorial suggestions. She, in her turn, accompanied him to Kansas to help research In Cold Blood. He could have tried harder to dispel baseless rumors that the novel was as much his work as hers. Their friendship continued during the s and '70s, but Capote's drug and alcohol abuse strained the relationship.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Later he would stop publishing and sink into self-parody, sponging off high society and making endless rounds of the talk-show circuit. When Capote died in , Lee confided to friends that she hadn't heard from him in years. Why do you think Harper Lee chose as her novel's epigraph this quote from Charles Lamb: "Lawyers, I suppose, were children once"? Why does the adult Scout begin her narrative with Jem's broken arm and a brief family history? How does Boo Radley 's past history of violence foreshadow his method of protecting Jem and Scout?

Does this aggression make him more, or less, of a sympathetic character? How does the town of Maycomb function as a character with its own personality, rather than merely as a backdrop for the novel's events? Atticus teaches Scout that compromise is not bending the law, but "an agreement reached by mutual consent. What are examples of her obedience to and defiance of this principle?

The novel takes place during the Great Depression. How do class divisions and family quarrels highlight racial tensions in Maycomb?

Atticus believes that to understand life from someone else's perspective, we must "walk in his or her shoes. What does Jem learn when Atticus forces him to read to Mrs. Dubose as a punishment? Why does the lawyer regard this woman as the "bravest person" he ever knew?

Discuss the ways these three women influence Scout's growing understanding of what it means to be a Southern "lady. Do you think he risks too much by putting his children in harm's way?

What elements of this novel did you find funny, memorable, or inspiring? Are there any characters whose beliefs or actions impressed or surprised you?

Did any events lead you to revisit childhood memories or see them in a new light?The evidence did not support the women's claims, but juries convicted the defendants anyway. The book's two plots inch forward along parallel tracks, only converging near the end. Historical Horror Humorous Mystery Romance.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Of all days Sunday was the day for formal afternoon visiting: ladies wore corsets, men wore coats, children wore shoes. I guess, that this is a good pick me up. Did Lee really intend to destroy To Kill a Mockingbird?

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