Where are the courthouse and town square located?This is for my English homework: I have to create a map and the "legend" is comprised of quotes from the book to help explain exactly where places...

Where are the courthouse and town square located?

This is for my English homework: I have to create a map and the "legend" is comprised of quotes from the book to help explain exactly where places are. I only need help on these two.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Scout gives some fairly specific detail in Chapter 15 concerning the location of the Maycomb Courthouse. On their way to visit Atticus at the jail (where he has gone to keep watch on Tom Robinson), the three children--Jem, Scout and Dill--pass through the town square. Scout notes that are eight houses between Mrs. Dubose's home and the post office, which is on the south side of the square. On this part of the square,

... the courthouse was dark. A larger square of stores surrounded the courthouse square.

Rounding the corner, they reached the Maycomb bank, which is where Atticus' law office was located. They then went up the street to the Maycomb Tribune office, which was on the northwest corner of the square. The Tribune office stood next to the Maycomb Jail. Note that Scout calls the town square the "courthouse square," since it was no doubt the dominant building on the square. It is definitely in Maycomb's primary downtown area, and another square of stores surround the courthouse on four sides.

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While the exact location is never completely specified in the book, it is usually assumed the the courthouse is at the very center of the town square (traditional cities and towns are nearly always planned this way) and this is located in the middle of Maycomb.

Maycomb, some twenty miles east of Finch's Landing, was the county seat of Maycomb County. (Chapter 1, p. 4)

Further evidence of the courthouse's location can be found in Chapter 16, on the morning of the trial.  Scout mentions the groups of people (who are on their way to the court house) passing along the street just outside the Finch's house.  It would be assumed, then, that the Finch's live on a main street very close to the center of town.

It was like a Saturday.  People from the south end of the county passed our house in a leisurely but steady stream.  (Chapter 16, p. 158)

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