To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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What atmosphere does Harper Lee create in To Kill A Mockingbird?

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In terms of literature, atmosphere refers to the emotions that the author conveys through the setting or through objects in the story. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the atmosphere created by the narrative is particularly important to developing the characters’ personalities, understanding their interactions with others, and judging the decisions they ultimately make.

At the beginning of the novel, the description of Maycomb creates an atmosphere that is calm and steady. Maycomb is related as a “tired old town” where “people moved slowly…” (Lee 5). The town is one that has been untouched by time. Most of the citizens of Maycomb have lived there since birth, and their families have lived there for generations. The atmosphere is reflective of the townspeople’s reluctance to change in terms of prejudice. As a whole, the citizens of Maycomb are unwilling to accept anyone who does not fit in with the culture of their town. For example, the Radleys do not comply with the societal norms...

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