To kill a Mockingbird

Part 1

Background Information

Author: Harper Lee, wrote To kill a Mockingbird in the 1950s published in 1960. Setting: 1933- 1935 in the fictional town of Maycomb Alabama, takes place during the Great Depression.

Atticus Finch is based on Harper lees father, the character Dill is based on famous author Truman Capote, Lee's childhood friend, Scout is mainly based on Harper Lee herself.

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Who is Scout?

The story begins with scout as a 5 year old (nearly 6) going into first grade and ends with her as an 8 year old in third grade. She is very tomboyish and smart. She lives with her brother, Jem, her dad, Atticus, and their black cook Calpurnia in Maycomb County, Alabama. When she was 2 her mother died of a heart attack. She is very tough and edgy which is why they call her Scout as opposed to Jean Louise. If you ever get a chance to meet her, she would be a very good friend.


She loves reading with Atticus. She tags along with whatever Jem does, so she likes to do outdoorsy, rough kind of activities. She loves learning. She's still young and is like a sponge, so she takes in everything she sees, which is part of what makes her so amazing as narrator.


Scout is a very unusual little girl, both in her own qualities and in her social position. She is unusually intelligent (she learns to read before beginning school), unusually confident (she fights boys without fear), unusually thoughtful (she worries about the essential goodness and evil of mankind), and unusually good (she always acts with the best intentions). In terms of her social identity, she is unusual for being a tomboy in the prim and proper Southern world of Maycomb.

Tone 1:

The games are childish and even hurtful, Scout sees Boo much like her father Atticus does. He is a man who deserves respect and privacy. Scout feels he also deserves a friend.

Scout wants to see Boo as a person rather than a neighbourhood Freak.

Scout knows that Atticus was aware but he also wanted the children to discover for themselves that Boo is a human being entitled to the same rights and respect as anybody else.

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Turning Point:

At school, Scout nearly starts a fight with a classmate named Cecil Jacobs after Cecil declares that “Scout Finch’s daddy defends n*****s.” Atticus has been asked to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. It is a case he cannot hope to win, but he tells Scout that he must argue it to uphold his sense of justice and self-respect.

Tone 2:

Scout hates Mrs. Dubose,Jem and I hated her. If she was on the porch when we passed, we would be raked by her wrathful gaze, subjected to ruthless interrogation regarding our behavior, and given a melancholy prediction on what we would amount to when we grew up, which was always nothing.
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I picked it because scout worrys about how other people think
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