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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.

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