There are a number of thematic and geographical connections to be made between these two novels.
- Both books deal with racial injustice and unfair treatment under the law.
- Both books are set during the Jim Crow era in the American South.
- Both books present characters who engage in a struggle against legal injustice and social injustice based on race.
- Both books feature strong female characters.
Stylistically, the novels are quite different, but both do utilize first person narration. Stockett's novel is narrated by three characters, however, where Lee's is narrated by just one.