What is the function of relating the Finch family history at the outset of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?
The first chapter of the book is unique in that it describes a serious event (Jem breaking his arm), and then goes on to describe the entire family history of the Finches. One of the things we learn as we read the book is that family history means everything to some people in Maycomb. It is that deep-seated sense of tradition that makes it so hard to overcome prejudice.
When an older Jem and Scout look back...
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