To Kill A Mockingbird 2


To Kill A Mockingbird is set against this background of 1930 Southern life. The Finches are a family who once had a large, successful plantation. Their ancestors had been aristocratic ladies and gentlemen of the South. Now they have been reduced to gentile poverty. They are better off by far than the Cunninghams, for example, who have nothing but their land. Atticus Finch has his law career, and Alexandra is still able to make a living at Finch's Landing. Actually, the extremes of poverty are illustrated in the Ewells and the Negroes. The Ewells are poor, but they don't want to do anything about it. The Negroes are poor because nobody will let them do anything about it. The Ewells won't ...

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(Scout's father) and his brother Jack left the land for careers in law and medicine. Atticus settled in Maycomb, the county seat of Maycomb County, with a reasonably successful law practice about twenty miles from Finch's Landing, where his sister Alexandra still lived.
Scout describes Maycomb as a lethargic, hot, colorless, narrow-minded town where she lives with her father, brother Jem (four years older) and the family cook, Calpurnia. Scout's mother had died when she was two.
When she was five, Scout and Jem found a new friend, Dill Harris ("Goin' on seven"), next door in Miss Rachel Haverford's collard patch. Dill was Miss Rachel's nephew from Meridian, Mississippi, who spent summers in Maycomb.

In the summertime, Jem, Scout and Dill usually played within the boundaries of Mrs. Henry Dubose's house (two doors north) and the Radley place (three doors south). The Radley place fascinated the children, because it was a popular subject of gossip and superstition in Maycomb. Arthur ...

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Also, Miss Lee emphasizes the Radley family. They are the focal point for the development of numerous themes to come. For example, when old Mr. Radley died, Calpurnia did something she had never been known to do before. She spoke evil about a white man when she said, "There goes the meanest man ever God blew breath into." Finally, there are the themes relating to family and the Maycomb setting. They increase in importance from chapter to chapter.

Chapters 2 and 3
Scout At School
Dill returned to Mississippi at the end of the summer. Although she was looking forward to school more than anything in her life, Scout's first day at school was a disappointment. When Miss Caroline tried ...

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