To Kill a Mockingbird


To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee and was published in 1960. To Kill a Mockingbird won many awards, they are; Pulitzer Prize, 1961, Alabama Library Association award, 1961, Brotherhood Award of National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1961, Bestsellers? paperback of the year award, 1962. Harper Lee was born on the 28th day of April in 1926 in southwest, in a small town called Monroeville. Harper Lee went to Huntingdon College from 1944-45, from 1945-49 she studied law at the University of Alabama, and attended one year at Oxford University. In the 1950?s she worked as a reservation clerk with BOAC in New York City and with Eastern Air Lines. In June 1966, President Johnson named Harper Lee to the National Council of Arts.

To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb Alabama, in the late 1930?s early 1940?s, because Jean Louise (Scout) and Atticus were reading in the newspaper how Hitler was killing the Jews (Hitler was in power between the early 1930?s to the mid 1940?s). ?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 than: a black dog suffered on a summers day. . .? (p5).

In this story a lot of characters were introduced to the reader. Jem Finch played a big role in this book. ?When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm broken at the elbow. . . His left arm was slightly shorter than his right; when he stood or walked, the back of his hand was at right angles to his body, his thumb parallel to his thigh.? (p3). ?His hair stuck up behind and down in the front, and I wondered if it would ever look like a man?s. . . His eyebrows were becoming heavier and I noticed a new slimness about his body. He was growing taller.? (p225). Both of these quotes say that he is a growing teenager and his arm was a little strange. ?He raced across the street, disappeared into Miss Maudie?s backyard and returned triumphant. He stuck her sunhat on the snowman?s head and jammed her hedge clippers into the crook of his arm.? (p67-68). ?Jem ran into the backyard, produced the garden hoe and began digging quickly behind the woodpile, placing any worms he found to one side. He went into the house, returned with the laundry hamper, filled it with earth and carried it to the front yard.? (p66). These two quotes show that Jem was creative and full of energy. Jem always tried to amuse Atticus. ?Run Scout! Run! Run!? (p261). ?Let?s go home, Cal, they don?t want us here.? (p119). Jem usually knows when he is or isn?t wanted. ?Jem was becoming almost as good as Atticus at making you feel right when things went wrong.? (p259). ?Son, I can?t tell what your going to be ? an engineer, a lawyer or a portrait painter. You?ve perpetrated a near libel here in the front yard.? (p67). ?. . . but from now on I?ll never worry about what will become of you, son, you?ll always have an idea.? (p67). These quotes show that a lot of people have faith in Jem and he is expected to do very good in the future.

Another important character in the book is Scout. Scout is a girl that is four years younger than Jem. She learned to read before she started school. ?But I still looked for him every time I went by. Maybe someday we would see him.? (p242). ?I took one giant step and found myself reeling: my arms useless, in the dark, I could not keep my balance.? (p261). ?. . . I fell to the ground and rolled as far as I could, floundering to escape my wire prison.? (p262). These quotes show that Scout was a very energetic and nosey girl. ?I imagined how it would be: when it happened he would just be sitting there in the swing when I came along. ?Hidy do, Mr. Arthur,? I would say, as if I had said it every afternoon of my life.? (p242). This quote demonstrates just how much Scout wants to meet Arthur Radley. ?. . . she caught me backstage and