The sea, farmed land, an imagined other world - often the setting of a prose work, takes on the importance beyond that of simply providing the characters with a background against which to act out their lives. In any prose work which you have studied show the importance of the writer’s use of setting in the portrayal of character and or action
Essay Written By Andrew Berrie
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, is a novel based in a small town in Alabama called Maycomb. However, Maycomb is much more than just a background against which Scout and Jem, two white middle-class children play games and sleep. It is of great importance to the story, which helps the reader to understand the characters and events in Maycomb that are in this novel.
The story, written from the point of view of Scout, is set in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s and is a small, safe, self-contained and isolated community in which Jem, an adolescent boy, and his sister Scout, a young girl, live. And through the setting the reader better understands the characters and themes of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. The town is a microcosm of America and it’s problems, values, and everyday life. Which in this novel includes Growing Up, Prejudice, and Courage.
In this time Jem and Scout learnt that Mrs Dubose was a morphine addict, and trying to get off her addiction, the cause of her bad attitude. Before the trial they had no reason to leave their street, with the exception of school, but after they started exploring the town they got to know the town a lot better. They"tmve gained experience from the past two years. "tmThe children show courage in their interventions with Mrs Dubose, who often shouted vicious comments and criticised the children as they passed by her house, though they tried in every way to be kind towards her. And in the trial when Tom says that he felt sorry for Mayella the jury saw this as an act of superiority over a class above that of his own. In ones and twos men got out of the cars. The setting is a very important part of "To Kill a Mockingbird"tm without it courage and prejudice would be non-existent themes in the novel and Jem and Scout would still be as naive as they were at the beginning of the novel. He would probably have poured it into his milk glass had I not asked what the sam hill he was doing. The Cunninghams, who represent the farming families hit by the depression. "tm From this the children learn another lesson that courage is to fight against something that you most likely won"tmt win against. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. They"tmve realised that Maycomb isn"tmt as safe as the children had previously thought, but was much more dangerous.