Describe the town of Maycomb, Alabama. 

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Maycomb is a small town in Alabama, right at the heart of the deep south. Scout gives us the impression that this is a place much like any other, where nothing much of interest ever happens. This turns out not the be the case for a number of reasons, but...

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Maycomb is a small town in Alabama, right at the heart of the deep south. Scout gives us the impression that this is a place much like any other, where nothing much of interest ever happens. This turns out not the be the case for a number of reasons, but before any of the action of the story gets underway, there certainly doesn't seem anything particularly remarkable about this neck of the woods.

It's notable that Scout says that the Finches only wound up in Maycomb due to a strange quirk of fate. If Andrew Jackson hadn't run the Creeks—a Native-American tribe—up the creek, then Scout's ancestor Simon Finch wouldn't have paddled all the way up the Alabama. Then where would Scout and her family have been? This important piece of family folklore would appear to suggest that Maycomb is not the kind of place where anyone would choose to settle down. It's an out-of-the-way place, a tired old town where people move slowly.

As well as the intense heat, this is largely because there's no need for folks to hurry. They don't have much money, and in any case, there's nowhere to go and nothing much to see. All in all, Maycomb is almost identical to countless other small towns across the length and breadth of Depression-era America.

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In Chapter 1, Scout describes her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama. She says that Maycomb was a small, old town where people moved slowly. Scout says that in the summer the weather could become extremely hot to the point that men's stiff collars would wilt by nine in the morning. The ladies of Maycomb were gentle Southern Belles who would bathe at noon and fan themselves on their porches after they took their naps. People were in no hurry because there was nothing to do in Maycomb. Scout also mentions that people had little to no money to spend because of the economic crisis. No much in Maycomb had changed since the Civil War and most of the businesses were situated around the town center. Maycomb is also a rather melancholy town which is a common element of Southern Gothic literature. Since nothing goes on in the small town, most of the attention is focused on the controversial trial of Tom Robinson. 

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