What has inspired Harper Lee to write her only novel To Kill a Mockingbird?I have to write a Script for a movie trailer, based on the introduction to Harper Lee and the Loss of Innocence Cycle. It...

What has inspired Harper Lee to write her only novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

I have to write a Script for a movie trailer, based on the introduction to Harper Lee and the Loss of Innocence Cycle. It also has to be based on her one an only novel.

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Nelle Harper Lee is one of the most facinating American authors you will ever research.

She studied law but wanted to be a writer. Most people know which of the two of these careers suggest a better chance at success. Upon letting her family know this, she could have taken much scorn.

She did base the novel roughly about the circumstances of her own childhood: the lawyer father, a seemingly absent mother (her mother was sickly), and the setting of Monroeville Alabama.

The book relies heavily on the themes of innocence, prejudice and the moral right. In the midst of 2 children growing from elementary ages to middle school age, they watch the evils of abuse, accusation, judgment, inequity, and shame through the unfair trial of a black man accused of raping a white girl living in a welfare state. This girl character was likely a victim of abuse from an alcoholic father. These are big issues for a young child to uncover and process. Lee's novel uses the eyes of children to portray the contrast between what we say and what we do as adults.

Her distant ancestor is the one and only General Robert E. Lee, commander of the confederate army during the Civil War. This makes her book such a strong spectacle of history because it points out the ills of racism, whereas General Lee fought for the right to keep slavery.

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