Setting Maycomb, Alabama The Great Depression (1930’s)
Main Characters Atticus Finch – The father, a lawyer, 50 years old. Scout Finch – Jean Louise Finch – a six year old little girl who narrates the story. Jem Finch – Jeremy Atticus Finch – Scout’s 10 year old brother. He has a broken arm at the beginning of the story. Calpurnia – The Finch family cook.
Main Characters Cont…. Dill – Charles Baker Harris – a seven year old little boy from Meridian, Mississippi who comes to visit his Aunt Rachel each summer. He quickly befriends Jem and Scout. Boo Radley – a neighborhood recluse who never comes out of the house. The children are fascinated by him and the rumors they hear.
Main Characters Cont… Tom Robinson – an African American man who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman. His trial will have a big impact on the Finch children since Atticus will be representing him.
Key Facts The story will take place over three years. The story is told in the first person point of view by Scout Finch. The novel will deal with the overall theme of racial prejudice and the effects it has upon the town and the people. The novel is broken up into two parts. Part One introduces the reader to Maycomb, the Finch family, and Boo Radley. Part Two will center on Atticus and his effort to defend Tom Robinson.
Facts About Maycomb & The 1930’s Maycomb is a very quiet southern town. Life has been the same there for years. People are racist and there is a lot of poverty due to The Great Depression. The church and religion play a very important role in the lives of the people. Children were very polite to their elders and swearing in front of women was illegal. For the most part, people were farmers, land owners, shopkeepers, teachers, lawyers, or blacksmiths. Only children of the upper classes were able to attend school regulary.