The genre for To Kill a Mockingbird is historical fiction. The book is a period piece, taking place in the Great Depression in a small town in Alabama very much like the time and place where the author grew up. The significant character I will choose is Miss Maudie Atkinson. Miss Maudie is significant because she speaks her mind and lives by her own rules. She serves the purpose in the narrative of both making us aware of cultural norms (because she does not follow them) and moving the narrative forward.
As a woman, Miss Maudie stands out from the typical role of a woman in her society in many ways. She remains single, and has her own house where she carefully maintains a garden. She is a strong, confident woman. She treats the children with respect, but stands up for herself when anyone is rude to her. For example, she confronts the Baptists that criticize her flowers, and she calls out the hypocrites at Aunt Alexandra’s social.