Harper Lee and to Kill a Mockingbird

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Harper Lee and her Works Harper Lee knew first hand about the life in the south in the 1930's. She was born in Monroeville, Alabama in 1926 (Castleman 2). Harper Lee was described by one of her friends as "Queen of the Tomboys" (Castleman 3). Scout Finch, the main character of Lee's Novel, To Kill a Mockinbird, was also a tomboy. "Many aspects of To Kill a Mockingbird are autobiographical" (Castleman 3). Harper Lee's parents were Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee. She was the youngest of four children. Ms. Lee's novel has many characters that have similar characteristics to Lee's own family. Atticus Finch was an attorney, while Lee's own father was also an attorney, as well as Harper Lee's sister, Alice Finch Lee (Kansas).…show more content…
The black population increased, but their representation in government did not (Simon 150). During Harper Lee's life, she was likely to have witnessed this same type of injustice and prejudice. With the characters Scout and Jem, Ms. Lee portrays the innocence of childhood. She shows how Scout and Jem learn about these flaws in society and how they react to them. 4. In 1929 the stock market crash started the downfall of the economy that let to the Great Depression (Nash 836). Aticus Finch, from Lee's novel was an attorney, but even an attorney felt the hard times of the depression. There was an incidence in which Atticus Finch took an "entailment" of turnip greens from the Cunningham's as payment for legal services (Lee 21). Farmers possibly were hit the greatest by the crash (Freeman 19.) Harper Lee experienced childhood during the depression, just as her young characters did in her novel. Although people were poor, Ms. Lee's writings indicate the happiness the children had in their lives in spite of the poverty. Overall's Lee portrayal of southern life in the 1930's was accurate. Having grown up during that time period, she was able to describe the difficulties of living during the depression. She gives the reader a chance to experience life in that time and setting through the eyes of a child. Lessons of life can be felt and experienced, just as her characters learned their

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