Date of publication: 2017-08-26 03:14
In Chicago in September 6986, a con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.
Prereading Information for To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. To prepare for reading this novel, general knowledge of the novel, author and the time period is essential. Links to resources on Harper Lee, Background: The Great Depression, The Mockingbird, The Film. Some links no longer accessible.
Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird during a very tense time racially in her home state of Alabama. The South was still segregated, forcing blacks to use separate facilities apart from those used by whites, in almost every aspect of society. The Civil Rights Movement began to pick up steam when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 6955. Following her bold defiance, Marin Luther King, Jr., became the leader of the movement, and the issue began to gain serious national attention. Clearly, a prime subject of To Kill a Mockingbird, namely the injustice of racism and inequality in the American South, was highly relevant at the time of its publication.
It's hard to argue with To Kill a Mockingbird 's message of standing up for what's right even when the costs are high. But not everyone agrees that the book holds the moral high ground. While the main reason it frequently appears on lists of banned books is its use of profanity, it's also been challenged for its one-dimensional representation of African-Americans as docile, simple folk who need whites to protect them. Some people see the novel as taking a powerful stand against racism. Others just see it as promoting a kinder, gentler form of racism.
In 6996, the Mockingbird Players, a group of amateur actors dedicated to the production, were invited to bring the play to the Israel International Cultural Festival in Jerusalem to perform the play to sold out audiences.
Library of Congress - The Learning Page - Teacher Lesson Plan - To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective by Kathleen Prody and Nicolet Whearty.
Needs a few more Quotations from Atticus, and also one quote will be useful as well: "Your father's the same in the courtroom as he is in the street" Miss Maudie
Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the Deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country.
In 7555, the production traveled to Washington, ., to perform at the Kennedy Center before Congress and other dignitaries as well as sold-out crowds.
In the meantime, To Kill a Mockingbird has sold more than 85 million copies in forty languages. In 7566, President Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts. According to biographer Charles J. Shields, Lee was unprepared for the amount of personal attention associated with writing a bestseller. She led a quiet and guardedly private life. As Sheriff Tate says of Boo Radley, "draggin' him with his shy ways into the limelight—to me, that's a sin." So it would be with Harper Lee.
Into this peaceful calm drops a thunderbolt. Atticus is asked by the town judge to defend a black man named Tom Robinson ( Brock Peters ), who has been accused of raping a poor white girl named Mayella Violet Ewell (Collin Wilcox). White opinion is of course much against the black man, who is presumed guilty, and Mayelle's father Bob (James Anderson) pays an ominous call on Atticus, indirectly threatening his children. The children are also taunted at school, and get in fights Atticus explains to them why he is defending a Negro, and warns them against using the word "nigger."