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To Kill A Mocking Bird- connection with- Harper Lee
Transcript of To Kill A Mocking Bird- connection with- Harper Lee
Civil Rights Movement
The Civil Rights movement influenced Harper Lee greatly- she saw how the blacks were treated unfairly and how it was not a right thing to do. She wanted to influence the society by writing a novel. The MOCKING BIRD that Atticus talks about in the book is how she thinks black people are-
" 'Your father’s right,' she said. 'Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.' "
Rosa Parks, a African American woman refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. Her courage inspired a lot of people.
In TKAMB, Scout's friend Dill that comes every summer is inspired by Lee's neighbor and close friend Truman Capote. Truman Capote is a child that was sent to live with relatives in Monroeville.
Scotsborro Boys Trial
In April, 1931, there was a notorious case called the "Scotsborro Boys Trial". In this trial, two white women prosecuted nine African- American boys of rape. The boys were convicted and sentenced to death.
This is one the the events that happened in her life that reflects on how the blacks were treated during the Civil Rights movement. This is one of the things that made her want to write this book. In TKAMB, she defines courage as:
“Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
Scottsboro Boys Trial
Nine young African-American men are convicted and sentenced to death after two white women falsely accuse them of rape, in a sensational case known as the Scottsboro Boys Trial. The boys are released from prison six years later when one of the women recants her testimony.
Lee Befriends Truman Capote
Lee befriends a boy in her neighborhood named Truman Streckfus Persons, an eccentric child sent to live with relatives in Monroeville. They bond instantly. Their friendship lasts for decades. Also a writer, Truman eventually adopts the pen name Truman Capote.
Aug 28, 1955
Emmett Till Murdered
Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy from Chicago, is murdered by a gang of white men for allegedly whistling at a white woman. His mother insists on an open casket at his funeral so mourners can see the brutality of his injuries.
Harper Lee has always claimed that her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" was not autobiographical. However, there are a number of similarities to Lee's life and the life of Scout and Atticus Finch. Lee's father was a southern lawyer, like Atticus. According to childhood friends, Lee was a tomboy like Scout. And Lee had a special friend like Dill because every summer the boy who would become the celebrated author Truman Capote used to visit. Many believe that Lee was influenced by what influences many writers and that was her own personal experience. In addition, Lee wanted to say something about the civil rights movement which was at its height in 1960 when the book was published. Even though the setting of the book is in the 1930's, the novel has much to say about the fair treatment of all people, especially African-Americans.Lee addresses prejudice and tolerance and especially the courage it takes to make societal change. These ideas, combined with her personal experiences, probably influenced Lee to write her Pulitzer prize winning novel.
Town boy LEE
In TKAMB, Scout is the main character who is the daughter of a well-respected town attorney. She is a town boy and full of questions. Harper Lee was probably the model of this character, she was also described as a town boy and had a father who was an attorney .
This also exposes the long standing prejudice in the South and might have influenced Harper Lee on her writing about Tom Robinson's case.
This might be biased because first of all, this is not a reliable source. In this source, it talks about the things that made TKAMB a Pulitzer Prize winner. It never used any quotes of cites to build logos and ethos.
This is an unbiased source because it is very objective and it doesn't express any opinions. Also, it never mentioned how this event relates to TKAMB. Instead, it only gives dates and descriptions of events.
Harper Lee wanted to deliver a message through her writing, and this shows how much she hates racism-
“As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.” - Atticus Finch
Deliver a Message
By Harry Zeng