Essay proving the people of Maycomb really weren't that bad; "Please Won't You Be My Neighbor"

Essay by fromage301High School, 10th grade August 2006

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Most people in today's world are always running around all over the place, always with places to be and things to do, and often times, they do not take the time to get to know their neighbors. This was not the case during the early 1930's. Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" takes place during the Great Depression, which was a massive global economic recession that hit the United States the hardest, and many people barely had enough money for the basics, so they usually walked to wherever they were going and did not drive often. This limited how far they could travel, so they ended up interacting with the same people pretty much all the time. Because they were so close to their neighbors, whenever someone was in trouble, they would come together and help them, proving that they are really not evil people.

Throughout her novel "To Kill A Mockingbird", Harper Lee shows how the people of Maycomb, Alabama will come together and help each other when times become rough.

One such character is Mr. Avery. Throughout the story, he is seen as sort of a bumbling fool, mostly because of the "performance" the children talk about seeing when they were walking home from Miss Rachel's house, but when Miss Maudie's house catches fire, he risks his life to save as many of her belongings as he possibly can (Lee 51, 79). Another example of a character like this is Aunt Alexandra. When the Finches go to visit her and her family for Christmas, she is portrayed as a racist, inconsiderate person who later tells Atticus to fire Calpurnia and who would not let Scout go to visit her because she is black. However, by the end of the story, the reader finds out she is really not...