Why did Harper Lee write Kill a Mockingbird? Some people may hold the view that it is an autobiographical novel. And this is, in some extant, evidential.
Harper Lee never fails to claim there was nothing autobiographical about her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. Nevertheless, here are a few similarities between the Atticus Finch and Scout. Like Atticus Finch, Lee's father was a southern-based lawyer. Lee's childhood friends said she was more of a tomboy, like scout as a kid. And Lee had a very special friend just like Dill who visited every summer and later became the famous author, Truman Capote.
According to Lee, she was influenced by the same thing that influences several authors – her personal experiences while growing up. Additionally, Lee wished to pass a message concerning the civil rights movement which was at its peak in 1960, same year the book was published. Though the book had a setting about the 1930's, it says a lot about treating everyone right, especially the African-Americans. Lee addresses tolerance and prejudice, and mostly the courage required to make important changes in the society. These thoughts, coupled with Lee's personal experiences, possibly motivated the writing of the Pulitzer winning novel.