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To Kill a Mockingbird - the Childhood of Jem a Scout Finch in the 1920’s

  • Date Submitted: 06/05/2011 09:22 PM
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To Kill a Mockingbird is a very well written novel based on the childhood of Jem A Scout Finch in the 1920’s. They had a lot of factors affect their childhood and how they grew up. Some of the major factors included: the setting of their lives, judicial system and their father.
The setting of Jem and Scout’s childhood (Maycomb County, 1920’s) had a major effect on their lives. Racism was a major part of everyday lives in the 1920’s, and Atticus defending Tom Robinson would’ve turned many white people in the county against them the fact that there was so much racism in not only Maycomb County, but everywhere in the deep south in the 1920’s would’ve effected not only Jem and Scout’s lives, but everyone’s. “Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop…somehow it was hotter then…bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the lives oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum…there was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.” (Scout Finch, Page 1)
My life has had an effect on who I am today, and I know it. I live in a very welcoming city and country, and a very diverse one. There is very little racism and crime around me and it’s always been like that. Now a days, there is almost no racism in Canada, and if there is, there are plenty of people who would stand up for the person being harassed. The fact that I live in such a culturally diverse country gives me the opportunity to meet and talk to people of different races and ethnicities, which allows me to...


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