Essay On The Great Depression In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird focuses on Scout Finch 's life in the Southern town of Maycomb during the economic downfall of The Great Depression. It is evident that many families are struggling during this time because of the incident. You can see how the lifestyle set out by the Finch’s has a large involvement with their economic state. The activities that the children do and the involvement with the Tom Robinson case all have contributing factors that can be traced back to The Great Depression. The Great Depression affects many families in the United States in the 1930s, including the Finch’s and other Maycomb families.
There is said to be no main cause to The Great Depression but many theories trace back to The Great Stock Market Crash, which happened
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FDR almost immediately into his term began to fight the depression by working with congress. He quickly gained support from Americans because of his “enthusiasm, optimism, and charm.” (Lange). Although he helped and tried to defeat the depression, the main contributing factor to the end of The Great Depression was World War II. The war allowed a large amount of jobs to open up for Americans because of “a tremendous demand for military goods and agricultural commodities,” (Campbell). Economic recovery came soon after the war and with it came “soaring production, labor shortages, and rising prosperity,” (Himmelberg 19-20). The depression was gone by the end of 1941 and American life was considered to be back to …show more content…
At the beginning of the book when Scout is explaining the town to readers she mentions that, “There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County,” (Lee). Scout is saying this because at the time, no one had any money because of the depression. The main characters, Scout and Jem Finch, are friends with a boy about their age named Dill. Dill is from Meridian, Mississippi and is spending the summer with his aunt. When Dill talks about the picture shows he went to when he won a contest, Jem explains to him that they, “Don 't have any picture shows here, except Jesus ones in the courthouse sometimes,” (Lee). This is what sparks the idea to the children that for their entertainment, they could act out the picture shows that Dill has seen because Maycomb doesn’t have a justified place to show the films. The people of Maycomb find entertainment with any interesting events happening within the town, like the Tom Robinson trial. So many people were at the Tom Robinson trial that it was described by Scout as a, “gala occasion,” (Lee). These are results of The Great Depression because no one had enough money to entertain themselves any other ways.
The Finch’s, like any other family at the time, are affected by the incident happening at the time. Jem gets his pants caught in the Radley yard while trying to leave

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