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Unformatted text preview: 4/6/2021 To Kill a Mockingbird | Summary, Characters, Movie, & Facts | Britannica Subscribe Article Media Login Additional Info ARTICLE CONTENTS Home Literature Novels & Short Stories Introduction To Kill a Mockingbird Summary novel by Lee Analysis and adaptations Print Cite Share More WRITTEN BY Laura Fine | See All Contributors Laura Fine, Ph.D., is department chair and associate professor of English at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She teaches American and world literature, and her areas of special interest are... See Article History TRENDING ARTICLES Charles, prince of Wales | British prince Sir Henry Morgan | Welsh buccaneer Stephanie Kwolek | American chemist nucleus | Definition, Function, Structure, & Facts To Kill a Mockingbird, novel by Harper Lee, published in 1960. Enormously popular, it was translated into some 40 languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. In 1961 it won a Pulitzer Prize. The novel was praised for its sensitive treatment of a child’s awakening to racism and prejudice in the American South. Grab a copy of our NEW encyclopedia for Kids! 1/10 4/6/2021 To Kill a Mockingbird | Summary, Characters, Movie, & Facts | Britannica To Kill a Mockingbird This book cover is one of many given to Harper Lee's classic work To Kill a Mockingbird (1960). The novel won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and the next year was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Image: Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group Advertisement - Continue reading below TOP QUESTIONS What is To Kill a Mockingbird about? What inspired Harper Lee to write To Kill a Mockingbird? Grab a copy of our NEW encyclopedia for Kids! 2/10 4/6/2021 To Kill a Mockingbird | Summary, Characters, Movie, & Facts | Britannica How did people respond to To Kill a Mockingbird? Why is To Kill a Mockingbird a significant text? Is there a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird? Summary To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. The protagonist is Jean Louise (“Scout”) Finch, an intelligent though unconventional girl who ages from six to nine years old during the course of the novel. She is raised with her brother, Jeremy Atticus (“Jem”), by their widowed father, Atticus Finch. He is a prominent lawyer who encourages his children to be empathetic and just. He notably tells them that it is “a sin to kill a mockingbird,” alluding to the fact that the birds are innocent and harmless. Grab a copy of our scene from To Kill a Mockingbird NEW encyclopedia for Kids! (From left to right) Estelle Evans, Phillip Alford, and Mary Badham in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), directed by Robert Mulligan. Image: Universal Pictures 3/10 4/6/2021 To Kill a Mockingbird | Summary, Characters, Movie, & Facts | Britannica When Tom Robinson, one of the town’s Black residents, is falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman, Atticus agrees to defend him despite threats from the community. At one point he faces a mob intent on lynching his client but refuses to abandon him. Scout unwittingly diffuses the situation. Although Atticus presents a defense that gives a more plausible interpretation of the evidence—that Mayella was attacked by her father, Bob Ewell —Tom is convicted, and he is later killed while trying to escape custody. A character compares his death to “the senseless slaughter of songbirds.” The children, meanwhile, play out their own miniaturized drama of prejudice and superstition as they become interested in Arthur (“Boo”) Radley, a reclusive neighbour who is a local legend. They have their own ideas about him and cannot resist the allure of trespassing on the Radley property. Their speculations thrive on the dehumanization perpetuated by their elders. Atticus, however, reprimands them and tries to encourage a more sensitive attitude. Boo makes his presence felt indirectly through a series of benevolent acts, finally intervening when Bob Ewell attacks Jem and Scout. Boo kills Ewell, but Heck Grab a copy of our own knife, sparing the shy Boo from unwanted attention. Scout agrees,NEW noting that to do encyclopedia for Kids! otherwise would be “sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird.” Tate, the sheriff, believes it is better to say that Ewell’s death occurred when he fell on his 4/10 4/6/2021 To Kill a Mockingbird | Summary, Characters, Movie, & Facts | Britannica Get a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content. Subscribe Now Analysis And Adaptations Learn about Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel To Kill A Mockingbird Questions and answers about To Kill a Mockingbird. Image: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. See all videos for this article To Kill a Mockingbird is both a young girl’s coming-of-age story and a darker drama about the roots and consequences of racism and prejudice, probing how good and evil can coexist within a single community or individual. Scout’s moral education is twofold: to resist abusing others with unfounded negativity but also to persevere when these values are inevitably, and sometimes violently, subverted. Lee reportedly based the character of Atticus Finch on her father, Amasa Coleman Lee, a compassionate and dedicated lawyer. The plot of To Kill a Mockingbird was inspired in part by his unsuccessful youthful defense of two African Grab a copy of our NEW encyclopedia for Kids! American men convicted of murder. Criticism of the novel’s tendency to sermonize has been matched by praise of its insight and stylistic effectiveness. 5/10 4/6/2021 To Kill a Mockingbird | Summary, Characters, Movie, & Facts | Britannica Harper Lee Harper Lee, 2001. Image: Terrence Antonio James—Tribune Content Agency LLC/Alamy Advertisement - Continue reading below One character from the novel, Charles Baker (“Dill”) Harris, is based on Truman Capote, Lee’s childhood friend and next-door neighbour in Monroeville, Alabama. After the phenomenal success that followed the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, some suspected Grab a copy of our letter from Capote to his aunt was found, stating that he had read and NEW liked encyclopedia the draft of To Kids! Kill a Mockingbird that Lee had shown him but making no mention offor any role in writing it. that Capote was the actual author of Lee’s work, a rumour put to rest when, in 2006, a 1959 6/10 4/6/2021 To Kill a Mockingbird | Summary, Characters, Movie, & Facts | Britannica The novel inspired numerous adaptations, the most notable of which was the classic 1962 film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus. His Academy Award-winning performance became an enduring part of cinema history. Other adaptations included a Broadway play that was adapted by Aaron Sorkin and debuted in 2018. Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird Gregory Peck (centre left) in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Image: © 1962 Universal Pictures Company, Inc.; photograph from a private collection In 2015 Lee released a second novel: Go Set a Watchman, written before To Kill a Mockingbird but essentially a sequel featuring Scout as a grown woman now based in New York City who returns to her Alabama childhood home to visit her father. 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