How is the setting in To Kill a Mockingbird influence the plot of the story?

I am writing an essay and the essay topic is how the setting influences to main conflict in the story (the trial). I need someone to give me 3 specific reasons on how setting affects the plot. Please justify your 3 reason. Thanks in advance.

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5 Answers to “How is the setting in To Kill a Mockingbird influence the plot of the story?”

  1. spongiosity says:

    To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the fictional small Southern town of Maycomb in the 1930s (Tom’s trial takes place in 1935). Slavery and the Civil War of the 1860s still loom large in the rearview mirror, but the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s is just a speck on the future horizon. 1. Obviously the South is a factor2. It is a small stagnant town.3. The setting has outskirts and in town which are critical to the story.From Shmoop/to Kill A Mockingbird/Setting

  2. hygrometer says:

    It’s not just the South 75 years ago, it’s a small town in the South. Everybody knows everybody else. Even if someone on the jury thought that Tom was innocent, he might be afraid to say so because he would be disliked and shunned by his family, friends, and neighbors.

  3. humidified says:

    When the book was released, reviewers noted that it was divided into two parts, and opinion was mixed about Lee’s ability to connect them. The first part of the novel concerns the children’s fascination with Boo Radley and their feelings of safety and comfort in the neighborhood. Reviewers were generally charmed by Scout and Jem’s observations of their quirky neighbors. One writer was so impressed by Lee’s detailed explanations of the people of Maycomb that he categorized the book as Southern romantic regionalism. This sentimentalism can be seen in Lee’s representation of the Southern caste system to explain almost every character’s behavior in the novel. For example, Aunt Alexandra explains Maycomb’s inhabitants’ faults and advantages through genealogy (families that have gambling streaks and drinking streaks), whereas the narrator describes the Finch family history and the history of Maycomb in detail. This regionalist theme is further reflected in Mayella Ewell’s apparent powerlessness to admit her advances toward Tom Robinson, and Atticus’ definition of “fine folks” being people with good sense who do the best they can with what they have. The South itself, with its traditions and taboos, seems to affect the plot more than the characters.The second part of the novel deals with what book reviewer Harding LeMay termed “the spirit-corroding shame of the civilized white Southerner in the treatment of the *****”. In the years following its release, many reviewers considered To Kill a Mockingbird a novel primarily concerned with race relations. Claudia Durst Johnson considers it “reasonable to believe” that the novel was shaped by two events involving racial issues in Alabama: Rosa Parks’s refusal to sit at the back of the bus, which sparked the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the 1956 riots at the University of Alabama after Autherine Lucy and Polly Myers were admitted (Myers eventually withdrew her application and Lucy was expelled). In writing about the historical context of the novel’s construction, two other literary scholars remark: “To Kill a Mockingbird was written and published amidst the most significant and conflict-ridden social change in the South since the Civil War and Reconstruction. Inevitably, despite its mid-1930s setting, the story told from the perspective of the 1950s voices the conflicts, tensions, and fears induced by this transition.” The novel’s impact on race relations in the United States was noted as a factor in its success, that it “arrived at the right moment to help the South and the nation grapple with the racial tensions (of) the accelerating civil rights movement”.Its publication is so closely associated with the Civil Rights Movement that many studies of the book and biographies of Harper Lee include descriptions of important moments in the movement, despite the fact that she had no direct involvement in any of them.

  4. nurslings says:

    Well it takes place in the South, where racism was still a major problem. That’s why Tom didn’t really have a chance at getting a fair trial. All the jurors were white and they had pretty much decided he was guilty before the trial even started.

  5. judgment says:

    I read that book in the 10th grade and I’m now a sophomore in college, so I’m a little rusty, but I’ll try to help.The setting is in the South. Think about southern culture, especially during the Depression-era. How were blacks treated? How does the way blacks were treated shine through in the trial? Talk about racial injustice in the south and how it affected the trial.