To Kill a Mockingbird. By Harper Lee. Setting. Maycomb, Alabama (fictional city) 1933-1935 Although slavery has long been abolished, the Southerners in Maycomb continue to believe in white supremacy. Themes. Racial Prejudice Social Snobbery Morality Tolerance Patience Equality
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By Harper Lee
This is probably similar to how class structure existed during the 1930’s in the South. The wealthy, although fewest in number, were most powerful. The blacks, although great in number, were lowest on the class ladder, and thus, had the least privileges.
Examples of each social class:
Wealthy - Finches
Country Folk - Cunninghams
“White Trash” – Ewells
Black Community – Tom Robinson
Atticus says to Scout:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (39).
Why is this idea important? Foreshadowing for the novel? Universal understandings?
Indirect Characterization shows things that reveal the personality of a character.Defining Characterization