Why do you think this book to kill mockingbird won Pulitzer within a year of its publication?

Why do you think this book to kill mockingbird won Pulitzer within a year of its publication?

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  1. Jem and Dill grow closer, and Scout begins to feel left out of their friendship. Because of this, she starts spending her time with Miss Maudie Atkinson, their neighbor. She tells Scout that Boo Radley is still alive. Miss Maudie adds that Boo was always polite and friendly as a child. She says that most of the rumors about him are false, but that if he wasn’t crazy as a boy, he probably is by now.

  2. Over the course of To Kill Mockingbird Jem and Scout develop along the novel.

    Jem is the older one of the siblings - he is 10 at the beginning of the story and at the end he is 13 - but at the same time, he has childish behaviors, such as when he kills Mrs. Dubose’s flowers because she called his father names. But along the story, he develops responsibility and maturity since he recognizes that the situation his father is handling is serious. He respects his father and develops a sense of justice, so he knows that he must do right even if his decision may not be a popular one.

    Scout also matures along the story, at the start of the novel she is a tomboy girl who is a little aggressive. She does not understand, at the time the implications of the things that are happening around her. But with time she learns some lessons and becomes more self-controlled. This is clearly seen when she does not fight Cecil because she knows this behavior would let her father down.

    At the end of the novel she learns to put herself into the place of others, she learns with her father’s case to see from the other person’s point of view and with this she puts herself in Boo Radley’s shoes.

  3. Scout convinces Jem to back off on the Radley game, and then Dill asks Scout to marry him. (Hey, it is the South.)

    Despite this moment of passion, the boys spend most of their time together and neglect Scout.

    So, Scout spends her time hanging out with Miss Maudie Atkinson, a usually stand-off-ish old lady.

    Bonus: Miss Maudie makes the best cakes in the neighborhood, and best of all, shares them with the three kids.

    Flashback: Scout's Uncle Jack has a history of flirting with Miss Maudie, though in a joking way.

    Miss Maudie tells Scout more about the Radleys, including that old Mr. Radley (Boo's father) was a "foot-washing Baptist" (5.27), which is apparently much more hardcore than just regular Baptists.

    In fact, some of Mr. Radley's fellow foot-washers have told Miss Maudie that she and her flowers are going to burn in hell, because any time spent not reading the Bible is time spent in sin, especially if it involves creating something pleasing to the senses. (No word on whether criticizing one's neighbors counts as a sin with them.)

    Miss Maudie says that the Radleys are "so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one" (5.44).

    Is Boo crazy? Well, if he wasn't when this whole thing started, he probably is now.

    Scout finally breaks into Jem and Dill's Get Rid Of Slimy girls Club, and finds out what they've been planning to do: use a fishing pole to put a note to Boo through one of the upper windows of the Radley Place.

    When they put the plan into action, Jem has some difficulty maneuvering the fishing pole, which is too short to reach the window.

    And then Atticus shows up. And he doesn't look pleased.

    Atticus tells the kids to stop bothering Boo, who has a perfect right to stay in his house if he wants to.

    Atticus also tells them to stop playing their stupid game, and Jem says they weren't making fun of Boo, inadvertently revealing to Atticus that they were in fact playing at being the Radleys.

    Jem eventually realizes he's been fooled by the oldest lawyer's trick in the book.



  4. Explanation:

    Harper Lee was the first author to win the Pulitzer Prize for her first novel ever, To Kill the Mockingbird.

    She wrote a spectacular piece of literature that had all the characteristics of the southern novel, with its setting of a quiet small town. Yet, as the story progresses, we see the introduction of something rather different – a courtroom drama, a critique of the social prejudices, and a coming-of-age story. Lee created a unique story that is, even today, a mark of her time and a symbol of battle. Her novel is brave and affectionate, original and exceptional.

    Because of this talent to bend the familiar genre into something extraordinary and never-seen-before, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

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