Can anyone please give me location descriptions on Maycomb, AL in To Kill A Mockingbird?
Specifically about VJ Elmore's, the Bank, the Drugstore, Miss Maudie, the Car House, the Fish Pool, the Dump, Old Sarum, Cunningham house and Miss Stephanie's house locations.
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Although Maycomb is a fictionalized town, it is based on Harper Lee's real hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
The Finch Family lives on the main residential street of Maycomb, the car house is for Atticus's car; it's basically a detached garage behind the house.
We learn where Miss Maudie lives in chapter 2 when Scout is describing Miss Caroline--who boards (rents a room) from Miss Maudie. "She boarded across the street one door down from us in Miss Maudie Atkinson's front room." Miss Stephanie Crawford is Miss Maudie's neighbor.
In chapter 1:
We learn that Miss Rachel Haverford (Dill's aunt) lived next door to them. "...beginning our day's play in the back yard. Jem and I heard something next door in Miss Rachel Haverford's collard patch."
Scout also describes, "...the Cunninghams from Old Sarum, and enormous and confusing tribe domiciled in the northern part of the county," they lived on plots of land in the country. Scout describes their summertime boundaries, "...our summertime boundaries (within calling distance of Calpurnia) were Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose's house two doors to the north of us, and the Radley Place three doors to the south."
"...sit by Miss Rachel's fishpool."
V.J. Elmore's and the Drug Store are in the business section of the town square.
After Mrs. Dubose's house, it was eight more houses until the Post Office Corner.
"Atticus's office...but after several years he moved...in the Maycomb Bank Building."
After not finding Atticus at his office, the kids decide to look and see if he's visitng Mr. Underwood, who ran the Maycomb Tribune newspaper from his office on the northwest corner of the square; to get there the kids had to pass the jail. The jail was between Tyndal's Hardware and The Maycomb Tribune office. The kids find shelter in the doorway of the Jitney Jungle (an old chain of grocery stores).
During Bob Ewell's testimony Scout describes the Ewell's living situation. They lived in an old Negro cabin that was behind the town's garbage dump. "A dirt road ran from the highway pas the dump, down to a small Negro settlement some five hundred yards beyond the Ewells'."
I hope this helps; I added more things than you asked for. Harper Lee's description of Maycomb is described throughout the text.
eNotes also has a drawn map of Maycomb that will help you to visualize the town as Harper Lee describes it. Click on the links below to view the image.
The first chapter basically sums up Maycomb (a tired old town with nothing to do and nowhere to go; no money and nothing to buy anyway etc. etc.). Later on Scout finds out that Maycomb is very prejudiced against blacks (the ugly side of Maycomb).
But there are still good people like Atticus, Ms. Maudie, Link Deas and so on.
On another note, Maycomb is fictional. There is no such town in Alabama. Harper Lee created it as a setting for her story.
Hope I helped. =)
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