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Settings in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Transcript of Settings in To Kill a Mockingbird

To kill a mockingbird Settings Jail House Innocent farmers Building is completely out of place Sore thumb Evil Dark and colourless The Radley House "Jutted into a sharp curve"
The word jutted is a harsh word and suggests that the house not only sticks out but does so in an ugly way. "Was once white with a deep front porch and green shutters but had long ago darkened to the colour of the slate-grey yard around it."
Shows the lack of car that is given to it and reflects on the quiet and reclusive lives of it's inhabitants. "Oak trees kept the sun away. The remains of a picket fence drunkenly guarded the front yard"
Every thing is guarding the contents of the house and even nature (oak trees) is stilting interaction with the outside world. However, you can't help but get the feeling that not only is the drunken picket fence keeping perplexed and overly inquisitive children out but also to keep the inhabitants in. "The Maycomb jail was the most hideous of the county's buildings."
It is described as completely out of place due to the stark contrast with the rest of the town's rustic aesthetic. This seems fitting as it is the home for the convicts, the people who are different to the other people in the town. It also seems like the ideal place for the scene in chapter 15 where Atticus and the children protect Tom Robinson. This is partly due to the fact that this thing very rarely happens so it happens in the place that is out of the norm. It could also be that the "Miniature Gothic joke" is good for the strangely comical element to this deadly serious scene. The characters all seem to be weak or innocent on there own but in this situation, even their good traits are shown as negatives. For example, Atticus says "Do you really think so?", his killer phrase when normally he is calm and cool. Also, Scout tried to talk to them but this was initially seen as malicious. The farmer's innocence and good will is gone and Lee's description of them smelling of "stale whiskey and pig-pen" takes away the image of a group of friends and Lee highlights other negative points about them such as being "cold-natured" and "sullen looking". However she does this using Scout's innocent mind as a narrator so the tension is soon gone and it becomes more of a recount Chapter 9 Chapter 15 Brutal Humour The event that happens next to the jail is deadly serious with the primary aim of the group to kill Tom Robinson. However, there is a strange comical aspect that is described by Scout as a "sickeningly comic aspect of an unfunny situation". This thought is induced by the standard greetings exchanged at the initial meeting when the men have clear malicious intent.
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