Setting of To Kill a Mockingbird

Setting of To Eliminate a Mockingbird

‘Maycomb County had recently been told that it had absolutely nothing to fear however fear itself’

This declaration made by Scout at the start of Harper Lee’s To Eliminate a Mockingbird shows that Maycomb is a town in which the worry of modification is rife. Lee’s choice of Maycomb as a setting, developed through narrative viewpoint and characterisation was vital to the text as it helped to establish the style of bias and the repercussions which result from the fixed mindsets of an insular town.

One of the methods which Lee presents Maycomb is through the fluctuating narrative point of view between he mature adult Scout and the naive kid narrator. The narrative of Scout as an adult is objective and is suggestive of the opinions of individuals who reside in Maycomb. Maycomb is referred to as ‘an old town’ and a ‘exhausted old town’ at that, recommending that the people who live there are stuck in their ways, do not want to alter and are even afraid of what change may do to their insular society.

Setting of To Eliminate a Mockingbird

The innocent kid’s voice contributes to this view of Maycomb, by showing that the citizens who live there are uninformed of the outdoors world and are suck in their daily regimens,

‘Regular satisfaction was improving our tree house’

Harper Lee, Setting of To Eliminate a Mockingbird

This narrative shows how really easy it was for Maycomb citizens to uphold their deep-rooted bias as they are residing in a location in which modification and approval of other people’s lifestyles is not valued. Another method which Lee provides Maycomb as an insular society in which bias prospers is through characterisation.

Scout, an intelligent and kind little woman whose daddy, Aticus is thought about to be the ethical backbone of the novel, at the childhood of 6, already shows prejudice when she laughs at Walter Cunningham for ‘putting syrup over his vegetables’. This shows that the mindsets in Maycomb are so entrenched that just living their makes one prejudiced. Another way Lee emphasizes this truth is through Dill, a young boy who comes to Maycomb forth summertime. As an outsider, Dill doesn’t hold the very same worths as the residents of Maycomb and is utilized by contrast to show the bias which exists their, ‘Dill was off again.

Beautiful things drifted round in his dreamy head.’ The choice of a small insular town in which to set an unique about racial prejudice assisted Lee to develop the concept that ‘Persecution originates from people who are prejudiced.’ At first, the bias displayed by the people of Maycomb appear benign and irrelevant. Nevertheless, in this little neighborhood these bias soon culminate into something much more major: racial bias. This prejudice is shown in the path of Tom Robinson in which the defence attorney describes Tom as ‘boy’, while nicely questioning white witnesses.

This causes Dill to begin sobbing at the unfairness and oppression that is produced by racism stating,

‘it was just him I could not stand’

Harper Lee, Setting of To Kill a Mockingbird

Maycomb also serves in demonstrating how the persecution of innocent ‘mockingbirds’ can arise from racial bias. Maycomb’s highly defined social class system, in which blacks are considered to be lesser equals, is the reason for the persecution of Tom Robinson. Robinson’s persecution came not only due to the fact that he was black, but due to the fact that he broke among Maycomb’s social mores by pitying and assisting Mayella Ewell– ‘You felt

sorry for her?

You felt sorry’.

Harper Lee, Setting of To Eliminate a Mockingbird

The notion that a black might be in a position to feel compassion for a white was abhorrent for Maycomb’s citizens and this is why they permitted and undoubtedly endorsed the persecution of an innocent male. Tom Robinson’s death highlights the failings of this insular society as it showed that in such a society there is no courage for modification even when it is obvious that modification is required. By picking Maycomb in which to set To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee had the ability to clearly develop the idea of bias and the negative results that occur from it.

This triggers us as readers to consider the society that Maycomb’s people live in and think about whether it would be as easy for such prejudice to be instilled in our neighborhoods. As a result of New Zealand’s multicultural society it is extremely unlikely that such a miscarriage of justice would take place here due to the fact that as a country we have concerned accept other culture and perspectives. Nevertheless, bias against other belongs of human nature and it is required that we remember that when it boils down to it

‘there’s’ simply one type of folks. Folks. ‘

Harper Lee, Setting of To Eliminate a Mockingbird