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Questions tagged [harper-lee]

For questions about the author Nelle Harper Lee (1926-2016) or about any of her works, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman.

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What is “Miss Maudie's goat” in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

From chapter 5 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: We saw Uncle Jack every Christmas, and every Christmas he yelled across the street for Miss Maudie to come marry him. Miss Maudie would yell ...
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Why did Dr Buford stay poor (and Jack rich) in “To Kill A Mockingbird”?

From chapter 5 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Miss Maudie had known Uncle Jack Finch, Atticus’s brother, since they were children. Nearly the same age, they had grown up together at Finch’...
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What is meant by ‘innocent of the adjustments’ here?

I could only look around me: Atticus and my Uncle, who went to school at home, knew everything - at least, what one didn’t the other did. Furthermore, I couldn’t help noticing that my father had ...
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What does the metaphor used here mean?

The remainder of my school days were no more auspicious than the first. Indeed,they were an endless Project that slowly evolved into a Unit, in which miles of construction paper and wax crayon were ...
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Explain “field size” and “bushel of potatoes” in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

From chapter 3 of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: [Walter Cunningham] ‘Reason I can’t pass the first grade, Mr Finch, is I’ve had to stay over ever’ spring an’ help Papa with the choppin’, but ...
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What does “entailment” mean in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

From chapter 2 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Jem’s nose wrinkled. ‘Are we as poor as the Cunninghams?’ ‘Not exactly. The Cunninghams are country folks, farmers, and the crash hit ...
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What did Scout mean when she said “It takes a woman to do that kind of work”?

In the book To Kill a Mockingbird in the chapter in which aunt Alexandra has come to stay with Jem & Scout at Maycomb county, she has a private chat with Atticus about Scout and Jem not knowing ...
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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what does “let the dead bury the dead” mean?

In the ending chapter of "To Kill a Mockingbird", Atticus and Mr Heck Tate (the Sheriff) are deciding who is responsible for the death of Mr Ewell. Atticus thinks Jem killed Mr Ewell but Heck knows it ...
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Did Harper Lee intend Go set a Watchman to be published?

Despite sharing many of the same characters, the books Go set a Watchman and To Kill a mockingbird portray the same characters in very different ways. I am also made suspicious of how old Harper Lee ...
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Should Go Set a Watchman change our view of Atticus defending Tom Robinson?

I do realize that the passage of To Kill a Mockingbird where Atticus defended Tom Robinson has been heavily analyzed elsewhere at this point. However, it seems like most people got the impression that ...
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How did Lee's personal experience affect the narrative of To Kill A Mockingbird?

Many Southern authors of Harper Lee's time period wrote very autobiographical works. This led me to wonder how much Harper Lee's personal life was reflected in the narrative of To Kill A Mockingbird. ...
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Is there significance behind the name “Scout” from To Kill A Mockingbird?

I am asking this question in response to the response to this question, which was more broadly asking about the significance of the names in To Kill A Mockingbird. However, it was closed as too broad. ...
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Was Tom Robinson's trial the only inconsistency between To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman?

In case you were unaware, (spoilers for both) This quote is from Go Set a Watchman for those who want proof Was this the only major inconsistency between the two novels? I am not asking for you ...
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Should Go Set a Watchman be read as a prequel, or an early draft?

It was established in this question that Go Set a Watchman should be read after To Kill A Mockingbird. However, in the comments, LaurenIpsum pointed out that a better question might be "Should Go Set ...
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Was Atticus's name meant to mean anything?

I am currently studying Latin, and somewhere I read about a man named Titus Pompons Atticus, and as a lover of literature, I do not like to assume that it is just a coincidence that Atticus Finch of ...
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Why do Jem and Scout call their father Atticus?

My question is not why they call their father Atticus as much as why he lets them do this, and what this says about their characters. Where I come from--and, I think, in 1930s Alabama--it is not ...
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Was Mr. Radley's occupation ever revealed?

From To Kill a Mockingbird: Mr. Radley walked to town at eleven-thirty every morning and came back promptly at twelve, sometimes carrying a brown paper bag that the neighborhood assumed ...
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Should Go Set A Watchman be read before To Kill A Mockingbird?

Given that Go Set A Watchman takes place after To Kill A Mockingbird, we would think that we should read it second. However, Go Set A Watchman was probably a first draft of To Kill A Mockingbird. I am ...
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What is the symbolism of Atticus killing the mad dog?

So in To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus kills a mad dog. He does it with one shot. Is there some more symbolism to this or is it just an event?