Harper Lee and to Kill a Mockingbird Essay
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…
Harper Lee lived part of her life in New York and other cities. However, her southern childhood, gave her the insight to portray the racial prejudice, the impact of the depression, and the simple ways of southern life in her writings. Ms. Lee wrote a book that has become a classic and remains popular today.
People of the south in the 1930's lived a simpler slower life. Most southern homes had no electricity in the early 1930's until the Tennessee Valley Authority created huge hydroelectric facilities (McNair 58). Just as the children in To Kill a Mockingbird, the children of the 1930's had very little money to spend on entertainment. Reading and games were popular forms of inexpensive entertainment (Nash 868). Scout and Jem Finch, the young characters of Lee's novel, spent their days outside playing games and discovering the interesting things that were in their world. They learned about life and death at a young age.
A main theme of Lee's novel involved the prejudice against African Americans, and the injustice they often experienced during that time period. In the novel, an African
American, Tom Robinson was wrongly accused of raping a young white woman. A similar true case was reported to have happened in 1931. On April 6, 1931 a