To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How has the setting contributed to the overall mood, feeling, lesson or theme of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Needless to say, author Harper Lee's choice of a Deep South setting during the midst of the Great Depression was essential to the story of racial tensions deriving from the trial of a black man accused of raping a white woman. The success of her novel could not possibly have succeeded without her choice of Maycomb as the setting. But Lee also created Maycomb as an isolated small town, far away from other urban centers because

There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County.  (Chapter 1)

Because of Maycomb's isolation and position far away from riverboat transportation in its early days, "the town remained the same size for a hundred years."...

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