TKAMB: Setting Essay
The rural backdrop of Alabama provides a unique setting for the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The story begins in summer right before school starts in Maycomb County. Scout (narrator of the book) is starting 1st grade and her older brother Jem is starting 5th grade. The story takes place during the Great Depression era when racial difference and prejudice slurs were at their best in the south. The area where they live is old, poor, and run down town that does not offer a lot of activity.
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“There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb county” (5). The quote demonstrates the missing of money and hope in the town. Most people in Maycomb were hopeless and without care for their futures.
The climate in Maycomb is hot like very hot, that is why most people choose farming as their occupation. “Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square” (5). Alabama has a humid climate in the summer.
The beliefs of many people in Maycomb, Alabama add to the setting. “I guess it ain't your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger-lover besides, but I'm here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the family.” (83) The quote shows the racism and segregation that happened all the time during Maycomb during that time. Maycomb was a town separated by color with separate rules and facilities for Colored people.
Losing hope in the old, rundown, and wrecked town of Maycomb is the common feeling for most people living in the county. The physical and emotional parts of the climate made the city of Maycomb. It is a great setting for demonstrating the time of the great depression era in the south.