Harper Lee’s Contribution: Descriptive Story Telling

On the death anniversary of Harper Lee, let us take a look at what she has given to the world.

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A book is a lot more than a story. Quotes, visual descriptions and the overall effect a book can have on the audience is equally important. It is what we call a classic that makes literature what we know today. Writing is unique to every voice but only a few make the mark for popularity. Harper Lee is was one of them. She gave the world only 2 books but they have played a major part in what we call literature.

Back in 8th grade, they assigned To Kill A Mocking Bird to us for reading. The choice was between Animal Farm and To Kill A Mocking Bird, and while a majority begged for the earlier (because which student would not choose the thinner book), there were a few of us who wanted the courtroom drama. It was also the year her second book was released. The excitement for the book increased.

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Harper Lee gave us the curiosity of a young girl. A girl who wants to learn a lot about society; a place as confusing as it is cruel. It is a courtroom drama through the eyes of a child whose innocence Harper Lee conveyed artistically in Lee’s words. She has a hold in words that makes you understand the relevance of this curiosity. Her book does not diminish the thoughts of a child meddling into the adult world.

Harper Lee has described the entire town in a way that makes you feel you are there. Like her famous quote, “One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them,” her descriptions make you feel you are standing in the shoes of Scout and walking in her world.

Harper Lee has a strong hold on literature and her book has shown the power good descriptive stories have on the world.  

Having said that, it is important to note that we do not support the white savior trope of the book and are just pointing out the literary greatness of the book.

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