Harper Lee's inspiration

  • Defending

    Harper Lee took some inspiration from her own life. Harper Lee's father defended two black people in 1919.
  • Inspiration

    race was a major component of the story.
  • Neighbors

    Harper Lee was also a neighbor of Truman Capote, who inspired her character, Dill.
  • born.

    Much of the book comes from her own life... also, she was born in alabama. So she was in the deep south.
  • life.

    Atticus was partially based on Lee's father, who was also a lawyer (he defended two black men who were tried for murder, and did not practice law again after the men were executed). Scout is based on Lee herself.