Harper Lee Influence On To Kill A Mockingbird

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Fifty years ago, Harper Lee had the kind of success that most writers only dream about:Shortly after her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published on July 11, 1960, it hit the best-seller lists. In 1961, it won a Pulitzer Prize, and in 1962, it was made into an Academy Award-winning film. It has never gone out of print.

Lee stepped out of the limelight and stopped doing interviews years ago -- and she neverwrote another book. Still, her influence has far outlasted most writers of her generation.

For the high-schoolers reading To Kill a Mockingbird today, America is a very different placethan it was when Lee wrote her novel 50 years ago. Lee's story of Scout Finch and her father,Atticus -- a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black
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Butwhether you first meet/meetinged him on page or on screen, Atticus was unforgettable -- amodest man of great (honest and good human quality/wholeness or completeness), hemanaged to communicate his wisdom without being too (giving speeches that tell people what they should and shouldn't do).

"There's been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn't do much aboutdefending this man," he tells his daughter, Scout, in the 1962 film version. "If I didn't, Icouldn't hold my head up in town. I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do somethin' again."

Gregory Peck plays lawyer Atticus Finch, in 'To Kill A Mockingbird'i
Gregory Peck won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his 1962 performance in To Kill aMockingbird.
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The relationship between Atticus and his 6-year-old daughter is the emotional heart of thebook. For many readers -- and for many female readers in particular -- energetic and aggressive, fearless Scout is the most unforgettable character.

"The story of Scout's (beginning of something/actions you do to get in to an organization) andmaturing is the story of finding out who you are in the world," says author Mary McDonaghMurphy. "And at the same time, the novel is about finding out who we are as a

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