December 12, 2010

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Novel Guides:
Below are links to sites that will help you understand and think about To Kill a Mockingbird. They are not meant to be used as substitutes for the novel. They only help when used along with the novel. They will not help you on reading comprehension quizzes. Pay attention to the analyses on these pages. They should help to start getting ideas about the book. Ignore all advertisements on the following sites. Top
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Many readers might call into mind the story from Genesis 39: 7-20.

You can find different translations at Bible Online

Compare the following Genesis passage to the scene in To Kill a Mockingbird where Mayella Ewell tries to seduce Tom Robinson.

"7 And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph, and said, "Lie with me." 8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Lo, having me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my hand; 9 he is not greater in this house than I am; nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife; how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" 10 And although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie with her or to be with her. 11 But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house, 12 she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and got out of the house. 13 And when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and had fled out of the house, 14 she called to the men of her household and said to them, "See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to insult us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice; 15 and when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment with me, and fled and got out of the house." 16 Then she laid up his garment by her until his master came home, 17 and she told him the same story, saying, "The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to insult me; 18 but as soon as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment with me, and fled out of the house." 19 When his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, "This is the way your servant treated me," his anger was kindled. 20 And Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison."

Revised Std Ver as found on Bible.com


Literature is merely one piece of humanities. The nice thing about literature, especially a novel like To Kill a Mockingbird, is that it deals with themes that are dealt with in other artistic areas.




Read the following poems, and think about what theme(s) they share with the novel TKAM.


Look at the song lyrics of the following songs, and think about what theme(s) they share with the nvoel TKAM. In your project, you can find more songs that share themes with the novel. We will listen to most of these throughout the unit.

This American Life:

This American Life is a radio program from WBEZ, National Public Radio in Chicago. It is 91.5 FM on our radio. We listened to some of the stories--e.g., "Squirrel Cop"--when we were working on personal narratives. The show chooses a theme and then presents different stories on the theme. The following are a few that complement To Kill a Mockingbird well. Listen to them, and think about what themes they share with the novel. Also, these are mostly modern examples, so think about how the themes in the novel are played out today.

Note: Real Player is needed.



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