Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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To Kill A Mockingbird –

"Mockingbirds don 't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don 't eat up people 's gardens, don 't nest in corncribs, they don 't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That 's why it 's a sin to kill a mockingbird." Harper Lee’s literary masterpiece To Kill A Mockingbird, published in 1960 follows the early life of Scout Finch in Maycomb County, Alabama. Scout Finch is based on Lee’s childhood self and some of the major plot points in To Kill A Mockingbird are based off life experiences Lee encountered. When Lee was 5 in 1931, the Scottsboro trials occurred, where nine black men were accused of raping two white women, but were only accused due to racial prejudice, similarly to Tom Robinson. The town that Harper Lee grew up in, Monroeville in Alabama has parallels between it and the novels setting of Maycomb County, as they were both small quiet towns. Lee’s father was a lawyer just like Atticus Finch. Dill was similarly inspired from her childhood friend Truman Capote, who would later become a novelist and essayist. The novel is set in the 1930’s, in which time the great depression was ongoing, making life hard for all people. In the southern states of North America there was a great amount of racism and racial prejudice. The issue of justice, or in this case the lack of justice in court towards Tom Robinson is presented throughout the trial and by the jury’s decision of Tom Robinson being found guilty even though evidence was…

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