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Major Works Data Sheet: Do not cut/paste from a website, which is a form of plagiarism. Title: To Kill a MockingBird | Biographical information about the author: | Author: Harper Lee | Born April 28, 1926Grew up in a small townFather was a lawyerOnly novel publishedWon Pulitzer prize | Pub. Date: 1960 |
Genre: Historical Fiction |
Historical information about the period of publication or setting of the novel: | Post Civil war social classes rich plantation owners Middle class businesses and professionals lower classmade up of laborers and blacks Great Depression Dust Bowl | Characteristics of the genre: (Novel) |
A unified and plausible plot structure Sharply individualized and believable characters Persuasive illusion of reality conflict between the major characters | Plot Summary: Do not cut/paste from a website, which is a form of plagiarism. | Exposition Scout tells us how she lives with her brother and her father, Atticus. The town is hit by the great depression but Atticus is a prominent lawyer so they are well off. inciting force the inciting force in this novel is Prejudice and Racism. Rising action Scout and Dill one summer meet Dill The three kids act out skits and Dill becomes fascinated with the Radley house Scout and Jem tell Dill how Boo has not come out in years Dill reutrns home and Scout goes to school Scout hates school and also finds gifts in a tree on the Radley place while she is going home. Dill returns after school is over and summer has started. The three kids start to act out what they think the story behind the Radley place is. Atticus realizes this and stops them and tells them to see life from other peoples point of view The night before Dill leaves, they sneak to the Radley house in order to try and sneak a peak at Boo Nathan Radley shoots at them and Jem loses his pants while running away Jem returns for them and finds them sowed up The next winter after dill leaves, they find more presents in the tree on their way home from school Nathan plugs the hole where the gifts come from A fire breaks out in the neighbor’s house and someone slips a blanket over scout as she stands outside Jem tells Atticus about all the stuff Boo did for them Atticus agrees to deffend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of a crime he didn't do Because of the case, the children become the target of abuse. Both from family and other children Cal takes the children the her church and the children are accepted and embraced by the close knit community Alexandra comes to live with them. Dill runs away from home The trial begins A mob comes to the jail where Tom is being kept and tries to kill him but Atticus is there and stops them with the help of scout. The trial proceedings occur and the children watch the whole thing and sit in the colored balcony. Mayella says that her father caught Tom raping her and he ran out Tom says Mayella tried to kiss him so he ran because he didn't know anything else to do Atticus makes one last plea to the jury to try and convince them to do what is right and to not be prejudice. Climax Tom is found guilty of rape but not without suspicion that Bob is who really did that to Mayella and he is furious with Atticus for pointing that out. Falling action Innocent Tom tries to escape from prison and is shot in the process Jem following the trial no longer has faith in the justice system and is very doubtful Bob vows revenge on people that made a fool of him Bob tries to break into the judges house, he messes with Tom's widdow, and spits in Atticuses face. Denouncement Bob attacks the kids on their way home from the halloween party and Boo saves them Tate refuses to accuse Boo and says Bob fell on his knife in order...
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