Literary Analysis Of To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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A Descendant of Robert E. Lee and the youngest child of Amasa Coleman Lee, an attorney and a newspaper editor, and Frances Finch Lee, a pianist, Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926. Harper Lee grew up in a very tiny southwestern Alabama town of Monroeville where her best friend, whom she enjoyed her presence, was the pre-pubescent Truman Capote who provided the basics of the character of Dill in her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”. As a child, Lee was a tomboy, having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual. Lee was raised by two sisters, Alice and Louise, and a brother, Edwin Coleman Lee. Although both sisters are still living, her brother unfortunately died of a sudden cerebral hemorrhage in 1951. During …show more content…
Literary Analysis is the practice of looking closely at small parts to see how they affect the whole. It also focuses on how plot, character, setting, and many other techniques are used by the author to create meaning. Lee uses these literary devices to provide appropriate focus of her work to enable readers understand her point of view. In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Lee used literary devices to enrich meaning and create interest to be able to explain certain events, circumstances and people to create manner and visual concepts in a readers mind. In the beginning of chapter 21, “Calpurnia, anxious to find the children, arrives at the courthouse in her fresh apron.” This is a symbol, her clean apron symbolizes Calpurnia’s honest and frank attitude. Calpurnia angry with the children also demonstrates that she will “skin every one of you alive.” This idiom gives the reader an idea of how responsible she felt for the children, and also finds them a courthouse. When Scout does not think Calpurnia treats the children equally, demonstrates Calpurnia’s “precious jem” symbolizing diamond. Harper Lee’s creative use of language is very impressive; she creates certain elements that sink in readers. Her philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline. Lee’s 1930 Philosophy, Proper Treatment of Human …show more content…
Now widely hymned, was one of the best American novels. The book spent eighty weeks on the “best-seller list, sold 30,000,000 copies, and has been translated into more that forty languages.” President Johnson named Lee to the National Council of Arts in June 1966, since then she has received several major honorary doctorates including one from the University of Alabama and another from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. In the year 1998, the Harper Lee award for a Distinguished Alabama Writer was displayed by the executive committee of Alabama Writer’s Forum. This award recognized Lee as a well competent accomplished writer born in the state. Never married, Lee rarely gives interviews as she stays with her sister Alice. Known for her wit and charm, Lee granted a few interviews for her published novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Since then, Lee’s published a few short essays: “Love-In Other Words” in Vogue, 1961; “Christmas to Me” in McCall’s, 1961; and “When Children Discover America” in McCall’s, 1965. When most people wondered “why a writer of such talent chooses to write only one novel?” her cousin Richard Williams, his answer was “When you have a hit like that, you can’t go anywhere but

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