What is the geographical location of To Kill a Mockingbird (with a quote to support the answer)?

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It seems that the question is looking for textual evidence for where Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird takes place. In chapter one of the novel, Scout Finch is giving the background of her family. Scout states that her family are Southerners and that Simon Finch (a trapper) established Finch's Landing forty miles from the Alabama River. Scout states that the men of the Finch family were to stay in Finch's Landing. Her father, Atticus Finch, is the only male to have stayed (his brother went to Boston for medical school).

The following section, the seventh paragraph of chapter one, states the town and county Atticus and his children (Scout and Jem) reside in.

When my father was admitted to the bar, he returned to Maycomb and began his practice. Maycomb, some twenty miles east of Finch's Landing, was the county seat of Maycomb County.

Therefore, this excerpt from the chapter provides the textual evidence needed to state where the novel takes place. The novel does, in fact, take place in Maycomb, Alabama.



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