Analysis Of Harper Lee 's ' Kill A Mockingbird '

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Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize winning novel that instantly attained its position as one of the greatest literary classics (Editors).The story of Scout Finch’s childhood has become one of the most notable narratives that addresses controversial issues present in the early 20th century. Lee’s novel depicts themes of race, justice, and innocence throughout the novel. Although To Kill a Mockingbird is regarded as a literary masterpiece in American literature, it was banned and challenged for racism, profanity, and mentions of incest and rape. To Kill a Mockingbird is often said to be a loosely based story of Harper Lee’s life portrayed through the thinly disguised protagonist, Scout Finch. The setting and characters in To Kill a Mockingbird share numerous similarities with Harper Lee’s childhood. Like Scout Finch, Harper Lee grew up as a tomboy in a small town in Alabama. Lee’s father was a lawyer and a member of the Alabama state legislature and is said to be the inspiration of Atticus Finch (Editors). Because Lee grew up in a southern state where racial discrimination was common and she wrote the novel near the pinnacle of the Civil Rights Movement, it is plausible to believe that the issues in To Kill a Mockingbird were shaped by events in the 1950s as well as in the 1930s, the time chosen for the novel 's setting (Johnson).During the 1950s, the court system was tested with many controversial cases that dealt with
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