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At least a page each from a novel you have studied "To Kill a Mockingbird" that has a...

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emma15 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2007 at 6:07 AM via web

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At least a page each from a novel you have studied "To Kill a Mockingbird" that has a strong sense of place or setting describe this place or setting.

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how is this place or setting important in the novel you have chosen?
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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 6, 2007 at 6:30 AM (Answer #1)

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One instance of memorable place in Lee's novel that reinforces the theme is her description of the Ewell's home. The poverty and ignorance that they live in is reflected in their vindictiveness (anger at the world over their status). They have been reduced to a near animal level of existence, have no pride in themselves nor trust in others.

The home is described vividly in Chapter 17. The setting and description of the Ewells living conditions help us understand, if not excuse, the Ewell's behavior:

Maycomb's Ewells lived behind the town garbage dump in what was once a Negro cabin. The cabin's plank walls were supplemented with sheets of corrugated iron, its roof shingled with tin cans hammered flat, so only its general shape suggested its original design: square, with four tiny rooms opening onto a shotgun hall, the cabin rested uneasily upon four irregular lumps of limestone. Its windows were merely open spaces in the walls...

The varmint had a lean time of it, for the Ewells' gave the dump a thorough gleaning every day...

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