Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1734 Words Dec 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
Many authors choose to write what they know about. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, author, Nelle Harper Lee use her childhood life as a model for the book. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in 1930s Maycomb Alabama. The narrator, Scout Finch, is a young tomboy who tells the story of a trial her father, Atticus, and how he chose to defend a black man, regardless of his. The characters and setting of the novel impact the plot in many ways. Lee’s childhood town and family affects the setting and characters of the book. During her childhood, an important court case happened which affected the plot book. Harper Lee uses her personal life to affect the setting, characters, and plot of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In American Novelist Since World War II: Second Series, Dorothy Altman writes, “Although Lee (Harper Lee) stresses that the book is not autobiographical, she allows that a writer ‘Should write about what he knows and write truthfully’”(Altman). Harper Lee wrote about what she knew. Lee used her hometown to affect the setting of the book. Lee grew up in the small town of Monroeville Alabama. Monroeville is very similar to the book’s Maycomb Alabama. There are many distinct parallels between the town, such as the location and layout. Lee sets Maycomb to be in Alabama, United States. “Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama”(Lee 5). Monroeville is also located in Alabama.…

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