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The Reader's Den - Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird


Harper Lee, also known as Nelle Harper Lee, was born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She is the youngest of three children of Amasa Coleman Lee, a lawyer. Her mother was Frances Finch Lee. Her only book, To Kill a Mockingbird, has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961. It was made into a film in 1962, in which star Gregory Peck won an Oscar, and has been translated into ten languages. The story was based on Lee’s childhood experiences. Harper Lee began a second novel in 1961, but it was never finished. She lives with her older sister in Monroeville, Alabama and maintains an apartment in New York City. Discussion Questions:

  1. Who was the mockingbird?
  2. How was the mockingbird killed?
  3. How is Atticus's sense of justice inferred when he tells the children they can shoot all the bluejays they want, but “it is a sin to kill a mockingbird”?
  4. Was Atticus successful in instilling conscience in his children?
  5. Was the teacher Miss Caroline unfair to Scout? How was the education system viewed?
  6. What happened to Dill? And how does his childhood compare to Scout’s and Jem’s?
  7. Why was Boo Radley never seen? Was he a villain, victim or hero?
  8. How were Scout and Jem affected by the trial?
  9. Was Capurnia happy with the Finches? Why did her personality change when she was at Church? Was she a realistic or idealized character?
  10. How is the town of Maycomb and the morality of its people portrayed? Did the trial make a difference in their lives?

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Its funny that the above

Its funny that the above description mentions this book was based on Harper Lee's childhood, but can be found in the "fiction" section in every library. Makes me wonder what was actually true and what wasn't. Dont get me wrong, it was an excellent read although it treads racist waters in the south in the 1930's almost the entire time. I liked it for the most part, but the oscar award winning movie did not do the book justice.

I think its really

I think its really interesting when fictional novels are semi-autobiographical. In fact, I think there are many authors that use life experiences and express them in fictional works. And I agree with Chris, that it makes me question and wonder about what parts are true and what parts are false.

This book is the best ever!

This book is the best ever! read it! Please! NOW! :D

To Kill A Mockeningbird

I thought that it was a ok book until the racial laugage came into play.

Great questions!

Great questions!

Those are good questions that deserve thought and discussion

Great questions! Would love to discuss it further. Is there a book discussion/post-read group online?

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