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To Kill a Mockingbird: Maycomb`s Modus Operandi

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To Kill a Mockingbird: Maycomb`s Modus Operandi

Everything is perfect, safe, and innocent in the Garden of Eden. Nothing changes, nothing progresses, but everything resonates in harmony. It was no different for the old tired town of Maycomb. Most of Maycomb’s residents were aged men and women who have lost their luster over their youthful years that were wasted as they grew surrounded by topics such as racism, routine, hierarchy, and class to total the idea of a clichéd small town life. Harper Lee chose Maycomb as the setting for her novel in order to orchestrate the insular minds of the white, prejudice, communities found in the Southern States and to portray how change excites those tired people while providing insightful narrations from the unbiased eyes of Jean Louise and Jeremy Finch.
Maycomb is a fictional town, to begin with; however the ideology whereby every character functions is the same as most small towns in Southern States of America - to further specify: Alabama, since that is the state that Harper Lee grew in. People functioned in a limited, narrow-minded way were everyone has a never changing role and class. The Cunninghams were the farmers, Atticus Finch was the lawyer, Dolphus Raymond was the doctor, and so on and so forth. Nobody challenged the shape which the town had absent-mindedly formed from its own experience, reason being: This shape allowed everybody to live merely without having to think for one’s self.
Aunt Alexandra is a typical Maycomb resident who follows that Modus Operandi. She boasts her pride in class and her nobility as a Finch. Alexandra thinks highly of her class and heritage when it comes to associating with other Maycombians. Scout proclaims that she will be inviting Walter Cunningham jr. - a lower class member of Maycomb – more often and becoming friendlier towards him. This was met with a grim response from Alexandra: “We’ll see about that” (Lee 223) and further justified “Jean Louise, there is no doubt in my...


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