Speech outline

Exposition: Harper Lee’s life as a young tomboy growing up in the small town of Monroeville in Alabama. She grew up with friend Truman Capote. She was youngest of four under the care of a lawyer father and a mother who suffered from bipolar disorder.
Conflict introduced: She develops a love for English and literary arts in high school, yet she finds herself sitting in law school most likely because of pressure from her parents. Deep inside she knows her speciality is in writing and that she isn’t fit for the law.
Rising action: She leaves her current university, Oxford, and moves north to pursue writing alone. New to New York, she struggles a lot and had to run a ticketing job for an airline and did not have much time to write.
Rising action: She befriends Broadway composer and lyricist Michael Martin Brown and his wife Joy. She also reunites with friend Truman Capote, who was famous for writing at the time.
Rising action: The Brown family decides to support Harper Lee for a full year so she can pursue her dreams in writing. She quits her job and starts working on her novel. The Brown family even finds her own agent and publisher, all of which was a Christmas present for Harper Lee.
Climax: Her first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is published. It earns amazing instant success, putting her into fame. A movie is made only a year later and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961.
Falling action: Even though she was brought forth much fame, she hid and stayed away from the media. She continued writing but never published anything further.
Falling action: She and Truman Capote worked on a novel together. When published, he dedicated this to Harper Lee and his lover but failed to acknowledge her work in the actual novel. This made Harper very angry yet the two stayed friends for the rest of their life.
Falling action: In 2007, President George Bush presented Harper lee the Presidential medal of freedom for having a positive impact on the country for her work. She then published her second and last book, Go Set a Watchman.
Resolution: Harper Lee is still remembered to this day as a literary legend and read by almost all of the high schools across America. She is one of the most beloved writers America has made and her work is still recognized as a masterpiece 57 years after its publication.

Eminent Introductory Post – Nelle Harper Lee

“As a reader I loathe introductions.”

-Harper Lee

(Sorry, Ms Lee. As contradictory as it seems I’m going to have to write one on you, even though I immensely agree with your opinion there.)

Growing up, I was considered a tomboy by many. I did not care for what girls my age would be interested in. I was an outgoing, happy soul that did whatever pleased me, which became the base of my personality today. I always thrived to go through new experiences, constantly adding a chapter to a story called life. Books and literature were one of my favourite things to explore as they gave me ideas of how different one’s life can be, from tragic to blissful, funny yet heartwarming. Such stories inspired me to try new things and not resort to following what trends would display.

This year, I stumbled across a book called “To Kill a Mockingbird”. The form of older English confused me as I read the book, yet I somehow still had a thorough idea of what was happening. I did not know most of the words used yet I still knew each and every character’s persona like the back of my hand. The stories of life in Alabama had me feeling as if I was growing up with Scout and Jem in my life like they were my own siblings, as well as Atticus, who I pictured as my own father.

The book discussed such heavy and distressing subjects with many references to discrimination, yet the feeling of a child’s cheerful nature was still felt throughout the entire book. I was astonished at how this book left me feeling; it was like nothing before. It was a form of art, a treasure.

It got me wondering who with what kind of life published such work.

Nelle Harper Lee was born April 28th, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She was a child who stomped through flower beds, shot rubber bands and even broke a boy’s tooth. Even playing while playing games she tended to be rough, nicknamed “Queen of the tomboys”. She outgoing and energetic despite the demanding standards of being a calm, polite female in her time. She would always protect her friend Truman Capote (who is also a successful writer) from bullies who teased him frequently. Her personality as a youngster spoke to me, as she wasn’t afraid to be different even back in the days where disapproval may have been much stronger than what it could have been today. The first time I read about her childhood, I thought, “What a brave and bold kid.”

She was the youngest of the family, like Scout Finch. Her father was a lawyer, just like Atticus. To Kill a Mockingbird took place in Alabama, where she lived and grew up in.The book wasn’t only fictional – it had many connections to herself and the way she lived her life. I felt traces of her personality in her story.

To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, followed by her second and last novel Go Set a Watchman in 2015. To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize the year after its publication in 1961, earning instant success. The book was made into a film in the following year, 1962, bringing even more attention to her. Even though she had become a very successful woman with much fame, she always turned down reporters and journalists, refused interviews and kept her life the way it always was, a woman who liked to write in a neighbourhood where everyone knew each other. She was known to even leave the room if pestered about the novel. Unlike her childhood self, she grew up to be a very reserved and private person. She chose what made her the happiest over fame, which I greatly admire about her. Nelle Harper Lee is pronounced Nail-Har-puh-lee. She hated it when her name would be mispronounced by nearly everyone she met. Something I can relate to on a personal level… Her pen name does not include her first name for this reason.

Harper Lee Yunmin Lee
Female Female
Unknown Straight
Passionate about reading and writing Passionate about reading and writing
Outgoing Personality Outgoing personality
American Korean-Canadian
Deceased Alive
Born in Monroeville, Alabama  Born in Seoul, South Korea

As you may already have noticed, Ms Lee and I do not share a whole lot in common. But what drew me most to choosing her for my eminent project is that her passion was an excellent story loved internationally and a self – reflection on her own life. It showed how she lived and grew without directly telling the audience. She was not blinded by the fame she had and continued to write and build the story of her life. She lived her life to the fullest.

Someday I wish to have had a life like hers, where I have my own stories to tell in a beautiful way like she did. She motivated my tired self to keep going and create the story of my life, experiencing events of all kinds to build a tale to tell in decades to come.

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“Dad is dying” Response

Sam’s lie starts off as small as a small voice in his head to having to lie to everyone that associates with him in any way. It grows bigger and bigger, causing him to have lied to not only everyone that knows him but knows his parents and friends continuously. I disagree that he “rescued” his parents. The whole positive situation of the family getting together with the neighbours is false, never meant to be. This benefit is only temporary. People would socialize and be kind to his father out of pity and sympathy, but once they find out about the truth it is very likely that many, if not all, would turn their backs on the family and stay on negative terms. In other parts of the story, we can see that Sam has used this lie to take advantage of people and situations for his own good, out of selfish reasons. Although he may not see it directly, he is bringing harm to other people. His parents are affected by this and so are the people who feel worried and sorry for the situation. He has many chances to tell the truth, yet he does not even consider confessing and slowly starts to adapt to the whole situation as if that was the truth. He was slowly molding into the lie as if it was the truth, deceiving everyone.

Personally, if I did anything like this I would not be able to keep going. But Sam did. His only benefit that came from this lie was a small backyard gathering with the neighbours, but considering what would happen to him and his parents’ dignity if anyone found out the lie, I would say the single, short and temporary benefit cannot outweigh the consequences the lie will bring. He’s really bringing punishment on himself, too. Living in constant fear of being exposed for his lie, in anxiety and worry, he’ll never truly be free until he confesses. The longer he continues the harder the consequences will be – as of where the story ended, I find that he’s gone too far in the lie, and that in the aftermath he’d face serious punishments. If the truth is discovered by others he will live in constant shame for a while as well. There are too many ways this situation he has created can go wrong, that one benefit just isn’t going to be enough to outweigh the negative.