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To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Depression
Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Depression
Oct. 29, 1929. Black Thursday.
Wall Street falls
Stock prices plummeted
Investors lost money that destroyed the economy Dracula To Kill A Mockingbird Level 1: The Great Depression The crash led to decreases in industrial production, causing business failures. People struggled to get jobs and receive income, making it hard to get food, clothing, and shelter. Crash of 1929 Checkpoint Item Obtained: Old Shoes On Scout's first day of school, Walter Cunningham's appearance was described as having "on a clean shirt and neatly mended overalls," but an "absence of shoes" (25). This shows the struggles people had during these times, in which they did not have enough money to even afford a pair of shoes. Post-War Pessimism -2 speed
-3 stamina Coming out of WWI, the world was began to have a pessimistic view on life. Coming out of a global war that ended an era of peace, people were shocked at the flip of society. People became uncertain about their futures as many lost jobs and their homes. Some began to drink heavily, while others travelled from city to city to find jobs. By: Rio Salazar Item obtained: Newspaper +1 Intellect Achievement Obtained: Feed the Fishes -500 coins In the story, we see that the Cunninghams can't afford for Atticus's services. So instead of paying with money, they gradually repay the debts with items such as wood and food supplies (27). Due to the lack of income, children had to help by working jobs or doing hard chores at home. An example of this would be with Mayella Ewell, who is described as a strong, built-up and "thick-bodied girl" who helps cut wood for the family (239). Item Obtained: Health Potion +25 Health Bob Ewell was a drunk that often drink to wash away his problems and distresses. Even when they barely had enough money for food, he would continue to drink (244). During the Great depression, many would use alcohol as a medium to relieve their stresses. Mr. Dolphus Raymond was a perceived drunk as well, but was still socially accepted because it was such a common sight (214, 268). Boss Battle +2 speed Discovered: Hidden Bazaar Due to the lack of jobs, some of the poorest people would recieve financial help through relief checks. The Ewells often recieved these checks as Bob Ewell does not have a job and no source of income (236). The movie Dracula (1931) was referenced when Dill was explaining to Jem that he had seen the film, causing the spark that started their friendship. LEVEL COMPLETED! Mission Rewards: "Here's A Quarter" (25) During the Great Depression, as well as inflation over the years, money was scarce and items had a lower value. When Miss Caroline gave Walter Cunningham a quarter, it was a big deal because it had such a high value at that time, plus the fact Walter came from such a poor and struggling family. LEVEL UP!! Boss Defeated! New Rank: Bullfinch Bullfinch's Collection of Greek Mythology was referenced by Jem, who often used it as a joke regarding Scout's advanced reading ability (22). Scout's first grade teacher, Miss Caroline, had made her read "stock-market quotations from 'The Mobile Register' aloud" to the class, when she was testing her literacy (22). Achievement Obtained: Waiting in the Breadlines Many struggling people during the great depression often relied on charitable organizations for food supplies. At one point of the story, Atticus had to leave the children to go to Motgomery, Alabama to attend state legislature regarding the ever growing breadlines (154-155). +50 wood Achievement Obtained: No Job Too Big The WPA, or Works Progress Administration, was a govermental institution that helped employ millions of struggling people during the Great Depression. Bob Ewell had been fired by the WPA (332) for his laziness, which would be an accomplishment as the program was designed to keep people in work. Also, Atticus had told Scout that even Mr. Walter Cunningham (senior) could have gotten a job with the WPA if he could keep his mouth right (27).