Changes In Maycomb In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Changes in Maycomb In the town of Maycomb, change does not happen that often do to the town's traditions, but over time the communities of Maycomb's start to change. Maycomb is a small town in Alabama where there are a wide variety of communities in the town. The white community is one of the major communities in Maycomb. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee the white communities of Maycomb go through some changes over the course over the novel. Scout Finch changes her thoughts on the Radleys and the Radleys’ house toward the end of the novel. In the beginning of the novel, Scout has a somewhat biased opinion towards the Radleys due to the rumors about their family that are going around in her neighborhood. But …show more content…

Scout did not really know the Cunninghams in the beginning, but she knew their reputation. She knew that the Cunninghams would not take anything they knew they could not repay for. On Scout's first day of school she meets Walter Cunningham. Walter causes Miss Caroline to have a poor first impression of Scout. Scout explains to Miss Caroline who the Cunninghams are. Miss Caroline does not like what Scout says about the Cunninghams so Scout gets in trouble and Scout blames Walter. Scout thinks , “Catching Walter Cunningham in the school yard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came and told me to stop”(Lee 22). Scout thinks that she is better than Walter because she is able to beat him up ,and she does not stop until Jem forces her to. But later in the novel, Scout is talking to Mr. Cunningham outside of the jailhouse to see if he remembers who she is to stop him from hurting Jem. Scout says, “I go to school with Walter,” [...] “He’s in my grade,”I says, “and he does right well. He’s a good boy,” I added, “a real nice boy”(Lee 153-154).Scout now knows that Walter did not mean to get her in trouble because she is complimenting him. Therefore, Scout changes her opinion of Walter …show more content…

Only white men are allowed on the jury,so when they are in the courtroom to hear the trail everyone in the courtroom assumes that the defendant is guilty because he was a black man against a white women. In the middle of the novel, a trial takes place late in spring a couple months after the crime was committed. The trial consisted of Tom Robinson as the defendant, Mayella as the plaintiff, Atticus as the defendant attorney, and Mr.Gilmer as the prosecutor. The trial takes all day which is strange for a case like this. Scout says, “Ain’t it a long time?” [...] “Well, from the way you put it, it’d just take five minutes”(Lee 210). The jury takes awhile to decide if the the defendant is guilty or not. What is odd about this is the defendant is a black man and the town does not get along with the black community. At this point in the novel the town is waiting for the jury to return to hear the final verdict. Scout says, “A jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted, and when this jury came in, not one of them looked at Tom Robinson”(Lee 211). Although the jury takes forever to make their final decision about the trial they still reurn back to their old ways. In other words, the jury almost changed, but the jury is still biased towards the

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