I need to do comparative analysis of use of setting and landscape  in To Kill a Mockingbird. Could you suggest 3 main ideas for this analysis.  

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To Kill a Mockingbird has many different setting and landscapes that help to develop the story.  The first setting I can think of that has a major impact on the story is Scout's home.  We see many descriptions of the discussions around the table.  For example, Scout learns how to treat people during their lunch with Walter.  Another example of an important setting is perhaps the tree where the children find gifts from Boo Radley.  This tree allows the children to communicate non-verbally with Boo for the first time.  It is also because of this tree that Scout realizes Mr. Radley is less than truthful.  He covers the hole in the tree to prevent the passing of gifts and then lies to Scout about why he has done it.  Scout's recognition of this lie and the implications behind it starts to chip away of some of her childish innocence.  Another influential setting is perhaps the dark and cold scene after the school play.  Scout and Jem are walking home alone in the dark which lends a certain element of fear and apprehension to scene between the children and their attacker.  It also supplies an interesting contrast for the development of the Boo Radley character.  Other settings and landscapes of interest might include Miss Maudie's house, the town itself, the courtroom with it's segregated seating, the school house, or the Radley house and yard.

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