‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was one of America’s most widely-acclaimed novels. Published in 1960, it is a modern classic of American literature; the author, Harper Lee has won a Pulitzer Prize for the same. The events in the novel are said to be loosely based on the author’s life, and it is often cited as being autobiographical. Lee, however, stated that though the novel was inspired from certain instances in her life, it did not encompass autobiographical elements; rather, it is an example of how an author needs to state the truth. The novel contains myriad examples of literary elements, ranging from metaphors and personifications to hyperboles and similes. The paragraphs below contain the plot summary and also a few examples of the use of personification.