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The novel To Kill a Mockingbird succeeds in portraying the lifestyle of a relaxed southern town in the early 20th century It shows the families feelings and bigotry of the time There are three main themes in the novel which are justice is not blind mob rule is not the way to solve things and that you shouldnt fear or resent something that hasnt done anything to disturb life These themes are true in the novel and are also true in everyday life Nelle Harper Lee was born and raised in the heart of the south Lees life and time period influences her writing Like her father and Atticus Finch Lee went on to study law She left school in 1950 so that she could go to New York and become a writer Her law studies proved to be good training for a writer because they promote logical thinking and because law cases are an excellent source for story ideas Matuz 239 When her father became ill she was forced to split her time between New York and Monroeville Alabama In her native town she was surrounded by the setting of her novel an old house where a mysterious recluse might live the courtroom and the lawyers office Matuz 239 This environment and her southern background proved to be the perfect combination for writing a story about life in a quiet town in Alabama The only way to be a good writer is to write from experience and since she lived most of her life in the setting of the story her writing proved to be good The timing for the release of To Kill a Mockingbird could not have been more perfect In a time of the burgeoning civil rights movement her book was met with popular acclaim and was later adapted for film Matuz 240 To Kill a
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