What type of literature would you consider the book "To Kill A Mockingbird?"I'm just doing this for a bookreport, and I think it's realistic-fiction. I'm just not sure.

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a fictional coming-of-age story that chronicles Jem and Scout's childhood experiences and maturation as they grow up in the small southern town of Maycomb. Both siblings mature throughout the novel and develop into morally-upright individuals like their father, Atticus Finch. Scout narrates the story in retrospect and describes the events leading up to when Jem broke his arm at the age of twelve. One could also consider Harper Lee's novel a work of Southern Gothic literature. There are similar elements and themes throughout To Kill a Mockingbird regarding mystery, grotesque characters, and surprising events that take place in the story, which classify it in the Southern Gothic genre. Overall, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is a work of fiction that can be categorized as a coming-of-age novel (bildungsroman), as well as a work of Southern Gothic literature.

ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The simple answer is it is fiction.  The storytelling of Harper Lee is often thought to be semi-autobiographical.  The fact that she places the story in the 1930s during a time when the race relations of the south had not progressed past the theme of segregation make this story appear to be very realistic.  I think you are safe in calling it "realistic fiction."  I would reference in a book report the fact that many of the characters in the book seem to be based on actual people from Harper Lee's childhood memories.  She has stated many times that it is not autobiographical.  The argument continues.

troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first answer is what you want, but I always like to add that Harper Lee calls it a love story.  My students always call me crazy when I agree with her.  It is a novel about all kinds of love: for a father between his children, for a neighbor (Boo) for whom he considers "his children," and for the decent people in Maycomb county for their own people--whether black or white.  It truly is a love story.

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