Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1262 Words Dec 16th, 2014 6 Pages
In her incontestably classic work To Kill a Mockingbird, author Harper Lee says it best when she states through one of her characters, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” This is one of many important moral lessons found in the book, and it is particularly appropriate that she say it. Not only does this story confront serious issues such as discrimination and the need for courage in the face of adversity, but it also has an autobiographical undertone. To Kill a Mockingbird is a literary treasure, but it is almost more an account of the author’s own life than a fiction novel. One of the most specific similarities between To Kill a Mockingbird and the author are the names of the characters. Multiple names found in the book stem from the maiden name of her mother, Frances Cunningham Finch (Flanchman). The main character’s family name of Finch is fairly noticeable, but several other characters claim their title from this, including Scout’s rotten cousin Francis and the Cunningham family. Lee follows a similar rule with Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus. Not only is his name exceedingly similar to her own father’s first name of Amasa, but his character corresponds with him as well. Amasa Lee and Atticus Finch are quite literally cut from the same cloth. Harper Lee remarked once that Atticus was a direct representation of her father, one “ who [had] genuine humility and a…

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