tkam setting quotes and analysis

“‘Your father does not know how to teach. You can have a seat now.’I mumbled that I was sorry and retired meditating upon my crime.” Scout’s first grade teacher makes her feel bad about being able to read, when she should feel proud that she can read and write at such a young age. Scout even apologizes and referred to her ability as a crime. This exchange demonstrates how many people in Maycomb are very small minded in their views.
“Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town what I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to read slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow it was hotter then; a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square.” Shows the slow-moving, lazy feeling of the town. The heat is stifling and even the buildings “sag.”
“When I was almost six and Jem was nearly ten, our summertime boundaries (within calling distance of Calpurnia) were Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose’s house two doors to the north of us, and the Radley Place three doors to the south. We were never tempted to break them. The Radley Place was inhabited by an unknown entity the mere description of whom was enough to make us behave the days on end; Mrs. Dubose was plain hell.” Shows the kids’ boundaries and play area. It also shows the neighborhood and who lives there, and how the kids feel about their neighbors. It is obviously a close-knit community where everyone knows everyone, although they may not like each other.
“Don’t have any picture shows here, except Jesus ones in the courthouse sometimes.” Illustrates the fact that movies were one called picture shows rather than movies, which gives the indication that this story does not take place in the modern time. Also, shows that the town is religious and follows some form of Christian belief.
“The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb,” Indicates a way of small-town life in Maycomb. People there have their own way of life, and if you do not follow that way, then you are seen as an outcast and an outsider.

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