What does the Finch house look like in To Kill a Mockingbird, with direct quotes?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As was mentioned in the previous post, Scout's home is located on the main street of Maycomb. In the first chapter, Scout says, "We lived on the main residential street in town." There is also a fence surrounding her backyard that separates the Finch yard from Mrs. Rachel Haverford's property. Scout writes, "We went to the wire fence to see if there was a puppy." There is also a tree with a treehouse built in it that is also located in her backyard. In Chapter Two, Scout says, "Hours of wintertime had found me in the treehouse, looking over the schoolyard." The reader learns that the Finch home sits above the ground after Scout pulls an "old car tire from under the house." The Finch home also has a back porch where Jem and Scout sleep on cots during the summer nights. Scout says, "Every night-sound I heard from my cot on the back porch was magnified three-fold." There is a sidewalk leading up to the front porch of the Finch home, and the living room extends to the porch in the front of the house. In Chapter Fifteen, Scout recalls Jem looking out of the window of the living room as he watches Atticus have a conversation with the neighbors in the front yard. Scout says, "Jem turned out the living room lights and pressed his nose to the window screen." We also know that Jem's bedroom adjoins Scout's bedroom, and that there is a guest room where Aunt Alexandra stays when she visits the family. There is also a dining room that is separated by a swinging door that leads into the kitchen, which is located towards the back of the home. In Chapter Three, Scout says, "Calpurnia sent me through the swinging door to the dining room with a stinging smack." The kitchen extends to the back porch where Calpurnia continually calls the children in for dinner and refreshments.

sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Finch house was a typical southern home at the time.  Chapter one says that the Finch house was located "on the main residential street in town."  The reader is also told that the house had a backyard large enough for kids to play in.  The backyard had a fence to divide the property line, but not for privacy.  "We [Scout and Dill] went to the wire fence to see if there was a puppy."  The fence is there as a guideline for property owners, but it's clear that fences were not to keep neighbors out since Scout and Jem go ducking under the fence in full view of neighbors.  The Finch home's yard also contains several large trees since Scout had a fairly large treehouse.  It makes sense as well that the house itself is built up above the ground itself.  The reader is told at one point that Scout pulled out an old tire from underneath the house.  The raised elevation is a flood precaution.  The Finch house also may have shutters on the windows.  That's a slight assumption because the text does say that the Radley place had shutters.  If the Radley home has shutters in it's dilapidated state, then the Finch house surely does as well.  

emilieorf | Student

Thank you so much

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