Harper Lee Why “To Kill A Mockingbird?” The following clip is courtesy of Brentwood Productions and YouTube.com. Introduction to “To Kill A Mockingbird” In Chapter 1, we are introduced to many of the key characters including: Jean Louise Finch – known as Scout Jem – Scout’s older brother Atticus Finch – Scout’s father and lawyer in Maycomb Charles Baker Harris – known as Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Dill Badham as Scout in the 1962 film adaptation of the novel. Arthur “Boo” Radley – the almost mythical neighbor So … What’s In the First Chapter? The history of Scout’s and Jem’s family – Atticus was one of the first people in his family to make it outside the farm. Jem has a broken arm – we find out the complete story why later in the novel. Dill moves into town – he only resides in Maycomb during the summer with his aunt, Miss Rachel Haverford. Boo? Who is that and why should we care? Arthur “Boo” Radley is almost a ghost-like person in Maycomb, very few (if any) people have seen him. Legends say he is crazy, among other things. He lived with his father and his brother Nathan. His father died a few years back. Robert Duvall as Boo Radley in the 1962 film adaptation of Despite rumors of his insanity, “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Boo’s father refused to send him to any type of hospital or asylum. Boo? Who is that and why should we care? (cont’d) Mentioning Boo Radley and his unknown history is not a mistake on Lee’s part – that is something to keep in mind while reading the entire novel. What kind of role do you see Boo playing in the novel, if any? Do you think Scout will be an interesting protagonist? Why or why not? Here are some links! Check these out if you have questions or want to learn more about the novel! Internet Movie Database - To Kill A Mockingbird This site is great if you need help understanding the film adaptation as well. SparkNotes: To Kill a Mockingbird Note: This site is not a substitute for the novel, but it is a great resource. Harper Lee's actual website This site is to give you some background into Lee and the novel. Brief Quiz! (Just to see if you’re paying attention) What is Scout’s real, full name? a) Louise May Finch b) May-Jean Finch c) Jean Louise Finch d) None of the above Quiz! Who is the brother of the mysterious neighbor? a) Robert b) Gary c) Matthew d) Nathan Quiz! Who is the author of To Kill A Mockingbird? a) Harper Lee b) Mark Twain c) Ernest Hemingway d) None of the above CORRECT! INCORRECT Credits Photos courtesy of Brentwood Productions and google.com image search. Video clip courtesy of Brentwood Productions and YouTube.com. All basic information gathered from Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.
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