For Tom Robinson, we quickly learn that he is convicted based purely on the color of his skin. Bob Ewell threatens Atticus during the novel and tries to attack the children in the end. These are all examples of how the black community is affected by the white community. Scout explains that the first Finch arrived in the general area as a follower of Andrew Jackson during the Creek War. Harper Lee uses Maycomb County as a microcosm, or a small entity that represents something much larger, for racial issues happening in the Deep South and in the United States at large. Atticus Finch Maycomb attorney and state legislative representative who is assigned to represent Tom Robinson. Or maybe you call someone a terrorist just because they are middle eastern.
This physical separation is emblematic of a much larger social separation. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place a full thirty years before the Civil Rights Movement but reflects many of themes and sentiments expressed by people during the 1950s. This is where the reader realises just how badly the community is treated. The novel continues to be taught in classrooms due to its depiction of themes about race, morality, and innocence. He attends school only one day a year.
Board of Education, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a protest that later concluded in declaring segregated laws of Montgomery and Alabama buses as unconstitutional, and after a group of nine African American students were denied entry to Little Rock High School, President Eisenhower sent federal troops to integrate the school. Despite having one white parent, they receive the same biased treatment like blacks because even a single drop of other ethnic blood makes them all black. What else do readers know about Maycomb? Do people just see what they expect to see? Tom Robinson The black man who is accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell. The Maycomb community make a family day out or picnic out of the trial, even thought is a very serious and unpleasant court case. Boo becomes a figure of superstition, a convenient excuse for bad things happening. Scout matures throughout the novel through her father, Atticus, and she becomes more aware of the prejudice in Maycomb County.
It occupies a specific place in the community, a stand-in for all the fears of the unknown. There's the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there's the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes. Raymond is supposedly the town drunk, but in reality he only drinks Coca-Cola out of his brown paper bag. He is Scout's protector and one of her best friends. People are largely unconcerned about what happens in the rest of Alabama, let alone the United States or the world at large.
And Maycomb is going nowhere fast: A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer. Dubose's house This is the home of the mean, bitter Mrs. Throughout the course of the book, Scout comes to a new understanding of human nature, societal expectations, and her own place in the world. It will assist you in keeping track of the To Kill a Mockingbird characters as you read. Winter, and a man walked into the street, dropped his glasses, and shot a dog. Heck is the town sheriff; he is a good and honest lawman who tries to serve his town well. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.
Because the Ewells are at the bottom of the class structure along with the African Americans, and are constantly sneered and despised by their higher-ranking white peers, Bob Ewell tries to seem better than his current situation of utter poverty by trying to appear as morally superior to Tom Robinson, an African American. The primary social events in the town are church-related activities. Miss Maudie Atkinson One of Maycomb's most open-minded citizens, Miss Maudie lives across the street from Jem and Scout. At one point in the novel, Aunt Alexandra hosts her Missionary Society meeting; one of the women, Mrs. Miss Stephanie Crawford The neighborhood gossip.
Dubose lives two houses to the north of the finch's. Scout Finch shares with readers right off the bat, 'Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. Later in the story, Jem invites Walter to their house for lunch. This incident proves that no matter how honest, truthful and committed you are, and you cannot go against the accepted social norms. His family has made the situation worse by not being involved in the community as well. Aunt Alexandra lives at Finch's Landing, the Finch family homestead, but she moves in with Atticus and the children during Tom Robinson's trial. Bob Ewell The Ewell patriarch, Bob Ewell spends his welfare checks on alcohol.
Clicking these links will navigate you away from my blog, and I cannot accept responsibility to anything consequential of that. Is there something wrong with the Radleys, or something wrong with the community that they can't or won't be a part of? But there are a few who are more disturbed that is able to make the court enforce his false accusation. Lula A parishioner at First Purchase African M. The main themes of this book very much link in with the title, which is explained by Harper Lee through Atticus and Miss Maudie pg 96. Although Scout and Jem struggle with the idea that Calpurnia speaks two different languages, Scout respects Calpurnia for mastering both languages since she asks to visit Calpurnia at her home.