How is Scout's life similar to Harper Lee's?

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Jean Louise Finch is a character based very much on the childhood of Harper Lee herself. Therefore, their lives share many similarities. Here are just a few to get you started. 

  • "Finch" was the maiden name of Harper Lee's own mother
  • Lee is from Monroeville, Alabama which is the basis for the town of Maycomb. The town of Monroeville is considered the "Literary Capital of Alabama because of it's connections to Lee and Truman Capote.
  • The character of Dill Harris was based on Lee's real-life best friend, Truman Capote. He came to stay in Monroeville with his aunts as a child, just as Dill came to stay with his during summers. 
  • Lee was a tomboy growing up just like Scout.
  • Lee's own father was a lawyer in the State Legislature, as was Atticus.
  • As a child Lee was very well-read, just like Scout.


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