How Does Atticus Finch Affect The Setting In To Kill A Mockingbird

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People are influenced deeply by their surroundings and time. A character’s surrounding can also be crucial to their experiences and how they view things, such as setting can affects characters in a novel. Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Walter Cunningham are three examples of characters from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird that are affected by their setting. Atticus Finch is a character that is affected greatly by his setting rural setting during the great depression era. He is affected by racial pressure, gender bias, and the great depression itself. Atticus is a good father; however it is tough to provide for his children as a lawyer in a rural town during the great depression. “Cotton prices plunged from eighteen to six cents a pound… Hundreds of thousands of sharecroppers left the land for the cities, leaving behind abandoned fields and homes”…show more content…
He is affected by racism, the great depression, and the laws of that time. As an African American Tom Robinson, life was filled with hardships. For example the constant racism he encountered. In To Kill a Mockingbird Scout overheard Miss Gates saying “Time somebody taught ‘em a lesson, they were gettin’ way above themselves, an’ the next thing they think they can do is marry us” whites didn’t even view blacks as humans at this time. Racism can also be shown in people through science. Tests were performed on how people view people of other races. It says “After all, other studies have found prejudices can make us dehumanize members of a different ethnic group” (Yong 2). People tend to see people of different races lower than them. Tom’s life is also made harder due to the laws of that time. Even though there is no factual evidence that can be prove that he raped Mayella Ewell; he still is convicted of the rape due to circumstantial evidence. “Like I says before, it weren’t safe for any nigger to be in a fix like that” (Lee
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