13 May 2014

To Kill a Mockingbird

          The past school year I studied some of my favorite History-- U.S. from the 1800-1950's.  Along with that study came American literature, which to say the least, is not exactly my favorite.  We had to read books like A Farewell to Arms, and The Grapes of Wrath.  And--well, they were not super fun to read (or analyze for that matter).  So!  Thankfully we were able to end our study with a fun (not the whole way through) book called To Kill a Mockingbird.
         Here is a little bit about the book including my thoughts--Enjoy!

          To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of two children growing up in a small town in Alabama.  Their father, Atticus Finch is a lawyer and the book is centered around a case he is put on--to defend a African American from a deathly conviction.  Jean Louise (known as Scout) goes through many adventures with her brother "Jem" (Jeremy) and her good friend Dill.  I do not really want to give away any of the plot--that way you can read the book yourself ^.^
          Harper Lee the, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, was born in Monroeville, Alabama. 
Lee’s father was a member of the state legislature, and she ended up studying law at the University of Alabama when in college.  Later she decided to try her hand at writing, which proved to be what led her to the creation of her only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.  
          Her birthplace was similar to the location of her award winning novel, being a quiet southern town.  However, this was not the only correlation between her life in her hometown of Monroeville, and her novel and its imaginary town of Maycomb.
          Lee's father was a part of the state legislature, and Scout's  father was involved in the judical system.  Also, Lee's closest childhood friend, Truman Capote, was much like Jean Louise's friend and "Fiance" Charles Baker Harris (known as Dill).  Capote lived with his mother's relative and Dill lived with different relatives throughout the year.
            Lee wrote her novel set in the 1930's, however she wrote it during the 1960's-- the time of the civil rights movement.  It was her way of telling those around her that prejudices against other races was not just, lawful, or morally right.  As a matter of fact, she got her wish and the masses read her book.  However, it was not well recieved by the south, and did not become hugely popular until after  the movie version-- Starring Gregory Peck-- came out.
Sources: To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee, www.biography.com

          Hopefully I will be able to get a review/comparison of the movie vs. book up soon--I still need to watch the movie, even though we have it ^.^

          Have a wonderful rest of the week, and let me know your thoughts!

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