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Maycomb's Social Classes

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Banu Thuraisingam Block: F 20/10/2003 Maycomb's Social Classes To Kill a Mocking Bird is set in a small Southern town in Alabama called Maycomb. The narrator, Scout Finch introduces the readers to the county of Maycomb by, "Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it... Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum" (pg 5). She describes it as a sleepy town in the South and puts forward an image of Maycomb being a utopian society. Scout tells us about the sweet side of Maycomb but as the novel progresses, another aspect of the town is reveled. Among the innocence there is an underlying theme of prejudice and hatred. This aspect presents Maycomb as a corrupt society. There is an apparent division in social classes according to color and wealth. ...read more.


231).She does not realize that she is being hypocritical. Just a short while ago, she was complaining about the poor Mrunas in Africa not receiving enough help, then she does a complete turn-around and complains about Atticus Finch helping out the blacks in Maycomb. Mrs. Merriweather is overcome in believing in white superiority that she doesn't realize her hypocrisy when she says it. The Cunninghams and Dolphus Raymond are examples of the second class. This class consists of the workers and farmers of Maycomb who struggle to meet their needs. The lynch mob would be considered in this group. One example of prejudice would be the lynch mob. They wanted to take the law into their own hands and get together to kill Tom Robinson before the trial started. The mob represents how Maycomb feels powerful as a group not as individuals. This is evident when Scout singles out Mr. Cunningham he is put in the limelight and doesn't have anyone to stand with him. ...read more.


The mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley who is a peaceful person; he would never cause any harm. Boo Radley doesn't want to hurt anyone. In fact he left gum, pennies, and wax dolls for Jem and Scout to befriend them. He also sewed Jem's pants and left them on the fence so he could get them. Boo also saved Scout and Jem's lives while risking his own. To kill him would be like killing a mockingbird. Boo Radley is a misunderstood person in Maycomb and is judged for what he appears to be not what he actually is. Scout Finch is one of the first members of Maycomb to see past racial segregation. She spoke these wise words, "Naw, Jem, I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks" (pg. 227). Scout appears to have grown through out the novel and seems to understand that one shouldn't be judged on what they look like or what their family background is. Scout represents the start of seeing past racial segregation in Maycomb. It shows the beginning acceptance of all people in Maycomb. ...read more.

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