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What do you learn about Maycomb and the way of life of its inhabitants in the first four chapters of the Novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

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What do you learn about Maycomb and the way of life of its inhabitants in the first four chapters of the Novel? The book " To Kill a Mockingbird " by Harper Lee tells the story of how racism was still ever present in the south American state of Alabama in the county of Wilcox in the nineteen thirties. The story centres on the small farming community of the town called Maycomb. In the first four chapters, Lee portrays the town, she describes it as " an old town but a tired old town " This implies that Maycomb has not moved on, and is still old fashioned. Maycomb never prospered like other towns in America, Maycomb was a very narrow-minded town, and had not adjusted to the fact that black people are not animals but in fact humans and are deserving of a wage. Also we learn that Maycomb as a whole is a very religious town "don't have any picture shows here, except Jesus once in the court house sometimes," As well as being religious the inhabitants of Maycomb also ...read more.


Radley dies Nathan Radley takes Mr. Radleys place in disciplining Boo. The Radleys in general keep themselves to them selves, especially Mrs. Radley who does not even cross "the street for a mid-morning coffee break with her neighbors, and certainly never joined a missionary circle." The Radley's place is described as being dark, dingy and mysterious and, every description of it is written in such a way that makes it feel like a haunted house; "Jutted into a sharp curve beyond our house. Walking south one faced its porch;" "A swept yard that was never swept" "Oak trees kept the sun away," "with green shutters darkened to Grey," "remains of a picket fence drunkenly guard the front yard," Lee has created a tense atmosphere here by describing every minute detail, Lee has also left small pieces un described allowing your imagination run wild. Also the inhabitant of the house is described in this way "Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom," Accused of "peering through windows." ...read more.


Lee has cleverly put these two families in complete contrast purposely, so that we feel sorry for the Cunningham's and not for the Ewells. Burris Ewell, one of the youngest Ewells is described by Scout as being "the filthiest human I had ever seen." "His neck was dark grey, the backs of his hands were rusty," This shows that the have not been brought up well at all, unlike the Cunninghams. The fact that they have no mother also comes up and that there dad is "contentious" This means he is argumentative and very short tempered. Lee uses Scout to highlight the racism, narrow-mindedness, intolerance and religious minds of the occupants of Maycomb. Lee also uses Scout as an example to magnify the poor teaching standard of the teachers of southern America. She satirizes the teachers and the whole education system. It is slightly biased making opinions of people only from one aspect, but overall it does give a good overall view of the community, what they are like and what they think. Lee has ingeniously captured the whole feel of the town using two contrasting families and in one sense a neutral family. ...read more.

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