Lori Steinbach Certified Educator Harper Lee set To Kill a Mockingbird in the segregated South during the s, so it is not surprising that she addresses the issue of racial prejudice in this novel. The most egregious example is seen in the justice system during Tom Robinson's trial; however, three white men the sheriff, the judge, and his lawyer, Atticus Finch all strive for justice because it is the right thing to do. The characters are black and white,
This article first appeared in MS IssueFall Harper Lee published only one novel in her lifetime, but nearly a half-century after its initial publication, To Kill A Mockingbird stands as one of the best-loved works in all of American literature.
The entire town and now several generations of readers waited for justice to be served or denied. Only six years old as the novel begins, Scout sees the world around her with fresh, innocent eyes, and she presents that world through vivid images which underscore both the idylls and the idiosyncrasies of small-town Southern life: Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it.
In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then: People moved slowly then. They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of the stores around it, took their time about everything.
A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County.
But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself. Embedded in such descriptions, of course, are the inklings of darker tidings the sense of poverty and isolationism; languor perched on the edge of exhaustion and loneliness; the implicit knowledge that there is indeed much to fear beyond fear itself, even in such a simple spot.
If the town is perched precariously on the edge of something darker, with Scout as firsthand witness, she too stands on the verge of transition. Joined by her older brother Jem and a young boy named Dill, she embarks on a series of typical childhood adventures many of them centered on an enigmatic house just down the street.
Spurred on by feelings of curiosity and fear about Boo Radley, the malevolent phantom who lives there, the young trio tries to lure him out with hair-raising and pants-ripping!
In the meantime, Scout also sees and experiences what happens to her father, Atticus, when he takes up the case of Tom Robinson, the Negro accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman in town. Schoolyard taunts first draw Scout into the case, but her involvement hardly stops there.
Atticus the epitome of a Southern gentleman and a sharp shot with a rifle stands as the wise and moral center of the unfolding court drama; as an article in The Companion to Southern Literature describes him: But Scout again plays a more pivotal and urgent role.
Lee was born in in Monroeville, Alabama. Monroeville, where she lives today, almost unquestionably served as the basis for the fictional Maycomb.
But in his recent book Mockingbird: Truman Capote, who is famously the basis for the character of Dill. Dill was a curiosity. He wore blue linen shorts that buttoned to his shirt, his hair was snow-white and stuck to his head like duck-fluff; he was a year my senior but I towered over him.
As he told us the old tale [of Dracula] his blue eyes would lighten and darken; his laugh was sudden and happy; he habitually pulled at a cowlick in the center of his forehead.
Interestingly, just as Lee used Capote as the inspiration for Dill, so too had Capote drawn on Lee for one of the characters in his own debut novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms.
She attended Huntington College and the University of Alabama and even studied abroad at Oxford University, but left the university setting before earning her degree. She worked as an airline reservations clerk first and then relied on the financial support of friends as she wrote the short stories that, with the help of editors at Lippincott, would eventually coalesce into her debut novel.
And what an enviable debut it was.
It was soon at the top of both the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times bestseller lists, ultimately spending nearly two years on that latter. Within its first year of publication, the book had sold a half-million copies and been translated into 10 languages.
Though many reviews were mixed, the novel was crowned with a place in the critical pantheon within a year: By this time, efforts were already underway to adapt the book into a motion picture.
Such a prediction was understated at best. In earlythe film opened to enthusiastic audiences, with huge crowds marking both the New York and the Alabama premieres. All hands involved are to be congratulated for a job well done, wrote Variety.
It ultimately won three awards: Since its publication, the book has sold nearly 40 million copies worldwide becoming one of the most successful novels in publishing history and has now been translated into more than 40 languages.
Librarians across the country voted it the Best Novel of the Century in a poll conducted by Library Journal.
The National Endowment of the Arts named it one of their four "Big Reads" during an initiative launched in to encourage "communities to come together to read and discuss one book" —an honor that only made official what was already happening in nationwide community-based reading projects where the book had always been a popular choice.
Sincethe University of Alabama has hosted a popular essay contest in which Alabama high school students explore new perspectives on the novel.To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature.
It turns out that Atticus Finch is no better than William Willoughby and the other white trash of Maycomb County, Alabama. Atticus is not the heroic civil rights champion author Harper Lee led us to believe in her book To Kill a iridis-photo-restoration.comtions of young Americans have been duped.
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The story, which originally touched sensitive chords in America's unfolding Civil Rights drama, still reverberates today in the national psyche.
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