Literary Context In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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This essay aims to investigate the literary context of Harper Lee 's To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) from four different perspectives. The scope of this essay does not only include the context from historical, cultural and social points of views, but also the significance of Lee 's early life is considered. The essay explores deeply the novel 's events, characters and main themes, which can all be related to the literary context. This is why the research question of this essay is “A Study of Literary Context in Harper Lee 's To Kill A Mockingbird”. To Kill A Mockingbird never fails to amaze a reader because of its audacity, as it brings out many controversial issues from 1930s America. The topics include for example the poverty caused by the Great Depression, Southern prejudice and gender equality. Other themes such as prejudice, innocence and justice are also all strongly present in the novel 's characters. A huge part of the novel focuses on the position of the African-American people in the society. Because racial segregation arises as one of the novel 's main themes, the essay considers it from several contextual points of views. Harper Lee, a lawyer 's daughter, points out these issues with the clever use of language and…show more content…
This essay concludes that the novel 's strongest contextual influence was Lee 's family life in her Alabamian hometown, where she grew up surrounded by a very prejudiced Southern society. It is clear that the novel 's protagonist reflects the life of young Lee, as she refers to her early life through the story. This includes for example the presence of

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