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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Harper Collins
Publish Date

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written in 1960 by Harper Lee. It won a Pulitzer Prize the next year for its allegorical tale of racial injustice in the Deep South. It is told through the eyes of a young child (Scout), whose father (Atticus) is a lawyer coming to the defense of a black man wrongfully accused of rape. The title comes from a metaphor which means that it is a sin to kill an innocent creature that is misunderstood; the protagonist follows his moral compass to defend the weak. He passes this lesson on to his daughter, who befriends a misunderstood loner named Boo Radley and learns that people who are different do not deserve fear or hate. In 1962, the novel was made into an award-winning movie of the same name, starring Gregory Peck; both today are considered classics of their respective media.

In Lost

  • Juliet told Jack she was putting in a tape of this movie, when in reality, she was putting in a home videotape. On it, she is holding up cue cards that silently ask him to conspire with her to kill Ben under the guise of a botched surgery. ("The Cost of Living")
  • Harper Stanhope shares her first name with author Harper Lee.

Similarities and shared themes

  • The lesson that morality is relative is one which is a theme shared by episodes such as "One of Them" and "The Cost of Living".
  • In the episode "One of Them", when Tariq spat in Sayid's face, Sayid waited calmly before wiping it away. This scene is remarkably similar to one in the film, where Bob Ewell spits in Atticus' face.
  • Both Lost and To Kill a Mockingbird explore themes of division and difference between groups of people inhabiting the same place.
  • Both the book and Lost feature a dark and mysterious house that is inhabited by a strange creature.


  • To Kill a Mockingbird was Harper Lee's first, and to date, only book published.

See also

External links

  • Link - One blogger's detailed analysis of the classic and its significance to Lost
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