I Need Help On chapter 4 -5 & 6 With A Couple Questions That Need To Be Answerd Starting On chapter Four What Was The Important Part Of The Local Color ??

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles
From chapter 4: Lee frequently incorporates local color in how she characterizes the townspeople. The following quote does a beautiful job of telling the reader something about Cecil Jacobs and Mrs. Dubose. "Cecil Jacobs, who lived at the far end of our street next door to the post office walked a total on one mile per school day to avoid the Radley Place and old Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose. Mrs. Dubose lived two doors up the street from us; neighborhood opinion was unanimous that Mrs. Dubose was the meanest old woman who ever lived." Notice how much we learn in just 62 words. We have information about the layout of the town and two of the characters in Scout’s life. We know what Cecil does and what the town thinks of Mrs. Dubose. These things are unique to Maycomb, setting it apart from other towns. That’s what local color does.
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Part of the appeal of To Kill a Mockingbird is the verisimiltude of the narrative. That Harper Lee models Maycomb on her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, and Atticus upon her lawyer father certainly helps. The old town's neighborhood is surely like that of Miss Lee's.

Chapter 4

The Radley place is one of superstition and mystery as Scout runs past the house in fear each day.  As they play with Dill, Jem and Scout re-enact what they imagine transpires in the Radley home

Chapter 5

The children talk with their grandmother-figure, Miss Maudie, who talks to them about anything they wish to discuss.  Like Atticus, Miss Maudie reminds Scout that Arthur Radley is a person who deserves respect.

Chapter 6

On Dill's last night of the summer, he and Jem decide to peek into Arthur's windows even though they have been told to leave him alone.  When Nathan Radley shoots at them, they take off, but Jem loses hia pants.  His decision too retrieve his pants when Scout and he "part company," shows his bravery. Nevertheless, the entire incident brings out all the neighbors who voice their opinions:  Miss Stephanie, Miss Maudie, etc.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles
Local color is used to describe the unique cultural depictions of people and customs. For example, everything we learn about the town of Maycomb and its inhabitants. Boo Radley and the Foot Washing Baptists, Miss Maudie, and Ms. dubose are all part of local color.
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial