Analysis of Author
The author of TKAM, Harper Lee, wrote the book to show racial discrimination in her society. During 1940’s America, it was very obvious that people were judged for the color of their skin which is exactly what Harper Lee wanted to illustrate. Her book is loosely based upon her life as she was influenced by the Scottsboro boys case in her time period. This helped her reflect on segregated society as she knows it very well having seen it first hand. Her father was a lawyer which helped inspire Atticus, however he supported segregation until social changes caused him to change his mind about racism, this allowed her to have greater insight on the bias found within the judicial system of that time. Her id was most likely to stop racism, however her superego most likely tried to stop it due to the fact that it wasn't socially acceptable at the time (a fact which was manifested in her character known as Dolphus Raymond) and her own father was a supporter of segregation. Her ego on the other hand was more towards the desires of her id than those of her superego and while it did not allow her to go out and stop racism in any way possible it did allow her to attempt to aid the stopping of segregation by educating people about it with her book, To Kill A Mockingbird.