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Chs. 1-3 (around 75 words)

Describe the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird. It takes place during The Great Depression. What do you know about The Great Depression? Describe in detail where it takes place? Do you like the setting? Explain. How does the setting so far contribute to the plot?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    I love Scout in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. You should see the 1962 film on DVD. It stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Robert Duvall has his very first film role as ‘Boo’ Radley.

    The Great Depression was a time of poverty and racial segregation in the deep South. Racism is a contribution to the plot. The plot wouldn’t be the same if the setting was, for example, in New England.

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    By T.R. Gadd

    page 17

    The Setting of To Kill a Mockingbird:

    “The 1930s meant depression, and the economic hard times are clearly evident in the novel. The poor whites, such as the Cunninghams, have to struggle to raise their children and often pay their bills with produce from their farm. It is difficult even for the middle class whites to make ends meet, more so for those like Aunt Alexandra who constantly strive to keep up appearances. For the poor blacks (and there are no rich blacks in the novel), life is difficult, but they are accustomed to difficulty even in economic boom times such as the 1920s. Life outside Maycomb County – events elsewhere in the country or the impending war in Europe – mean little to its residents as they struggle for their own survival.

    Alabama in the 1930s was a state where segregation of the races was the law of the land. Law and order was the call of the day and even misdemeanours such as using bad language in the presence of a lady were dealt with harshly. Boo Radley is a prime example of an active young man whose life becomes severely restricted after what teenagers at the end of the century would likely call ‘harmless fun.’ But for a black person, there were strict social taboos. Tom Robinson, for example, fears treading on the land of a white person, even if that land is on the edge of the town dump.

    In short, the Maycomb which Harper Lee creates in the novel is a town where people know their places, where one behaves as other expect, where families are labelled as having ‘streaks’ which apparently are inherited. . . .”

    http://books.google.ca/books?id=UAz9ZdDeXXMC&pg=PA...

    Setting – Time and Place:

    “To Kill a Mockingbird is set in Maycomb County, an imaginary district in southern Alabama. The time is the early 1930s, the years of the Great Depression when poverty and unemployment were widespread in the United States. For parts of the deep South like Maycomb County, the Depression meant only that the bad times that had been going on for decades got a little bit worse. These rural areas had long been poor and undeveloped. Black people worked for low wages in the fields. White farmers were more likely to own land, but they were cash poor. It was common for children to go to school barefoot, and to suffer ringworm and other diseases. Although automobiles had been around for some years, most farm families still depended on horses for transportation and to plow their fileds.”

    http://resources.mhs.vic.edu.au/mockingbird/settin...

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

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