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Maycomb Great Depression

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“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” (Lee 5). Maycomb County was impacted by the Great Depression, mostly because it was a small community based town. In Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Great Depression played a considerable role in the setting, theme, and characters.
The Great Depression seemed to engulf smaller cities much faster than it did the bigger cities. The people of Maycomb spent their days standing in town imploring for goods that they could no longer afford. According to the author, they begin having sit-down strikes in the big cities of Alabama; also the bread lines were forming throughout the day (Lee 116).
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Some people through the story left the town with hopes of finding a better life elsewhere. According to Lee, John Finch, Atticus’ brother, commuted to a bigger city because cotton could not be grown in Maycomb (Lee 5). When saying this, Harper Lee is indicating that people were not in sustainable conditions while in Maycomb. The farm land was almost impossible for growing anything. Therefore, the people that stayed in Maycomb faced challenging times. The people are very home oriented; whereas they are willing to face tragedies just to stay in their home town with the people that they love. This aspect of the book is very important. The people of Maycomb are so close. Maycomb County came together when the whole world seemed to come to a halt during the Depression. The setting, theme, and characters were most affected by the Great Depression. The small town of Maycomb stood together through the worst of times. Throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the reader is allowed to form a connection with the characters through all of the trials and tribulations shown throughout the novel. The examples of the Great Depression that Lee uses throughout the story create a strong visual of what it might have been like during the
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