What are the connections between Harper Lee's life and her novel?
Lee has said that To Kill a Mockingbird is not an autobiography, but rather an example of how an author "should write about what he knows and write truthfully". Nevertheless, several people and events from Lee's childhood parallel those of the fictional Scout. Lee's father, Amasa Coleman Lee, was an attorney, similar to Atticus Finch, and in 1919, he defended two black men accused of murder. After they were convicted, hanged, and mutilated, he never tried another criminal case. Lee's father was also the editor and publisher of the Monroeville newspaper. Although more of a proponent of racial segregation than Atticus, he gradually became more liberal in his later years. Though Scout's mother died when she was a baby, and Lee was 25 when her mother died, her mother was prone to a nervous condition that rendered her mentally and emotionally absent. Lee had a brother named Edwin, who — like the fictional Jem — was four years older than his sister. As in the novel, a black housekeeper came daily to care for the Lee house and family. The character of Dill was modeled on Lee's childhood friend, Truman Capote, known then as Truman Persons. Just as Dill lived next door to Scout during the summer, Capote lived next door to Lee with his aunts while his mother visited New York City. Like Dill, Capote had an impressive imagination and a gift for fascinating stories. Both Lee and Capote were atypical children: both loved to read. Lee was a scrappy tomboy who was quick to fight, but Capote was ridiculed for his advanced vocabulary and lisp. She and Capote made up and acted out stories they wrote on an old Underwood typewriter Lee's father gave them. They became good friends when both felt alienated from their peers; Capote called the two of them "apart people". In 1960, Capote and Lee traveled to Kansas together to investigate the multiple murders that were the basis for Capote's nonfiction novel In Cold Blood. Down the street from the Lees lived a family whose house was always boarded up; they served as the models for the fictional Radleys. The son of the family got into some legal trouble and the father kept him at home for 24 years out of shame. He was hidden until virtually forgotten and died in 1952. The origin of Tom Robinson is less clear, though many have speculated that his character was inspired by several models. When Lee was 10 years old, a white woman near Monroeville accused a black man named Walter Lett of raping her. The story and the trial were covered by her father's newspaper, and Lett was convicted and sentenced to death. After a series of letters appeared claiming Lett had been falsely accused, his sentence was commuted to life in prison. He died there of tuberculosis in 1937. Scholars believe that the plot may have also been influenced by the notorious case of the Scottsboro Boys, in which nine black men were convicted of raping two white women on very poor evidence. However, in 2005 Lee stated that she had in mind something less sensational, although the Scottsboro case served "the same purpose" to display Southern prejudices. Emmett Till, a black teenager who was murdered for flirting with a white woman in Mississippi in 1955, and whose death is credited as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement, is also considered a model for Tom Robinson. • 1 year ago What similarities did Harper Lee’s life have with Scouts life? In Harper Lee’s story she writes about many things that happened to her as a child. In the story Harper is telling the story in the position scout is in. Lee is actually telling The story that she lived as a child. Her real life had various similarities to Scouts life. In this essay I will explain the similarities of Harper Lee’s life to Scouts life. As Harper lee was growing up she lived in a sleepy town named Monroeville, Alabama. In this town she grew up hearing crazy stories and
Lee's father was a southern lawyer. Lee wanted to say something about the civil rights movement which was at its height in 1960 when the book was published. And Lee had a special friend like Dill because every summer the boy who would become the celebrated author Truman Capote used to visit. Harper was a child who for some reason used rather adult words when she talked. If you notice in the book the vocabulary that Scout is using is complicated for a child of merely eight years old. the novel has much to say about the fair treatment of all people. tall tales. As you remember in the story Scout had learned to read and write way before all the other kids and Scout also was bored in school. Also Harper’s best friend was here cousin Truman Capote. She was an intellectual prodigy. Lee was a tomboy like Scout. For Harper it was an experience that showed the evil in her community. In the story Scot was also a Tomboy. This experience showed up in her book. Many believe that Lee was influenced by what influences many writers and that was her own personal experience. especially African-Americans. I also explained where some of the characters in the book compare to people in her real life.rumors which the townspeople would make up. there are a number of similarities to Lee's life and the life of Scout and Atticus Finch. This reflects in her story with all the strange stories about Boo (Arthur) Radley. She was bored in school and was much more intelligent than all the other kids. As a child Harper Lee and her cousin witnessed a KKK meeting. In the book Scout fought with a boy in two or three occasions. Who is basically what Dill (Charles Baker Harris) was in the book. she hadn’t even worn a dress until her first day of school. As a child she also heard a lot of stories about ghosts. In this essay I have displayed examples of how The book “To Kill a Mockingbird” compares to Harper Lee’s own childhood experiences. At seven years old she started writing and reading. However. like Atticus. Harper Lee has always claimed that her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" was not autobiographical. Even before they had taught her these skills in school. where such comments like “Niger Lover” were displayed by the characters in her book. and rumors. In addition.Lee addresses prejudice and
. She was also known to knock a boy down and start fighting with him. Even though the setting of the book is in the 1930's. In real life Harper Lee was a tomboy. According to childhood friends.
combined with her personal experiences. one could argue that there are several models on which the incidents in To Kill a Mockingbird and the character of Tom Robinson are based. his sentence was commuted to life in prison. Also. After a series of letters appeared claiming Lett had been falsely accused. old town" with sagging roofs. Next. When Lee was 10 years old. are close with their brothers. This was a hard time for many people. I found it very interesting that Nelly's first draft of this book was called "Atticus". Why would you want to kill a mockingbird. Nelly's brother Edwind was protective and generous. and Lett was convicted and sentenced to death. I deem that this is a great idea because it is helpful to experience different cultures other than what you are used to so you can open up your eyes and notice the troubles or successes of others. Scout's father's name in the book. I noticed that the adventurous Scout was similar in many ways to Harper Lee herself. He died in prison of tuberculosis in 1937. In the Scottsboro case. These ideas.TOm stands before a all white jury . it had said that Nelly Harper Lee had lived through the Great Depression. Truman is always by her side. Do you think that "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be about the feelings Harper Lee had while she was growing up?
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found it very amazing that Nelly Harper Lee's life was almost used as a base for the book "To Kill a Mockingbird". I like the title "To Kill a Mockingbird" better. They are both tomboys. and love reading or writing. if you notice in the book. Just like Dill. Harper Lee had tranferred to Oxford College in England for a couple of years. I believe that the character Dill is based off of her companionship with Truman Capote. This tiny town is a "tired. in 2005 Lee stated that she had in mind something less sensational. although the Scottsboro case served "the same purpose" as the trial of Tom Robinson did in the novel. the Tom Robinson case was similar to the scottsboro case that went to court in her home town of Monroeville. The plot of the novel may have also been influenced by the notorious case of the "Scottsboro Boys" in which nine black men (many of whom were teenagers at the time) were falsely convicted of raping two white women on very poor.tolerance and especially the courage it takes to make societal change. However. probably influenced Lee to write her Pulitzer prize winning novel. which was to expose the long standing prejudices of the South. including the most recent autobiography of Harper Lee entitled Mockingbird. ALabama. all nine men were standing before a all white jury . red mud. and they are very friendly with each other. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was loosely based on her own life. Having a depressed and worndown town reminded me of what it would be like during the Great Depression. they were unfairly convicted. circumstancial evidence. Finally. According to several sources. Just like Jem. During the six minuted and twenty-two second clip. The story and the trial were covered by her father's newspaper. This title is almost like a cliffhanger that makes the reader curious about what this sentence could mean. Although I love how she wanted to emphasize the father's importance in the book. and this duration of time reminds my of Maycomb County. and grass on the sidewalks.