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To Kill A Mocking Bird, By Harper Lee

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To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

"There's four kinds of folks in the world. 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 damp and the Negroes". Jemchapter 23

What do we learn about the Maycomb society in "To Kill A Mocking
Bird"?

'To Kill a Mockingbird' is set out in Maycomb, a town Harper Lee has
narrated the story from Scout's standpoint. However she incessantly
replaces her approach in order to give a more adult opinion about the
events and experiences that happen in the book. She has interconnected
Maycomb with her home town Monroeville, Alabamaand Scout being
herself. Harper Lee has used colloquial language to add a twist of
central realism and true characterization in the novel.Harper Lee
hasreportedly has also used a sharp tongue, swears liberally and has
taken a keen sense of humour.

"Maycomb was an old town but it was a tired old town when I first knew
it…" As Scout has said Maycomb was an old town. It inter connects the
negative things that we can find in the novel made Maycomb. Maycomb
with old beliefs, old customs and old racist views about everyone,
even themselves, had developed racist subdivisions in their quiet
community as it says in the beginning of chapter one that 'It was a
quiet town' with 'nowhere to go, no one to go with'. The quote give us
an overall introduction as to what Haprper Lee has introduced as
Maycomb instead of Monroeville

The book is set in the 1930's but was originally written in the
1950's. Referring to the main context of the book, there is certain
real-life relevance that refers to the events that happen in the book,
for example, in 1930's share cropping began in order to reconstruct
the society after the civil war between the north and south. Tom
Robinson is an example of a share cropping black. Other important
relevances include facts like slavery, segregation, civil rights
movement.

Focusing more onto the question and after closely evaluating the book,
I think that the Maycomb society is not only segregated between the
white and the black community but it is divided amongst itself into
different cast status divisions. 'There's four kind of folks in the
world. 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 damp and the Negroes' (Jem, ch.23), the quote
reference here sums up my comment and clearly explains us that the
society was divided into categories like the Ewells, Cunninghams, the
educated middle cast and the most neglected cast, the Negroes.

After slavery was abolished in the ______ in both, the north and
south, unfortunately the result was excruciating for the black
community. They were goaled by the...

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