To Kill A Mockingbird

How the Great Depression was represented in the book

Background Info

The Great Depression was a time in American history where the stock market completly crashed. Banks that invested too much money in people had to totally shut down. People lost their jobs because businesses had to cut down on workers and lower wages. Most companies, in fact, had to go out of business because no one had money to buy anything. Instead of going into war, like most countries do when something tragic happens like that, Americans went into depression. They blamed themselves for the cause of the failing economy when it was there fault as a country.

How was The Great Depression shown?

Example #1

The Great depression is represented in the book in many ways. Harper Lee describes Maycomb as a state of economic decline. Obviously this was a result of the great depression, since their town was in poverty. Scout asked Atticus if they were poor, and he told her the truth by saying yes in the beginning of the book

Example #2

On page 23 in the book Atticus says, "The Cunnighman's are country folks, farmers, and the crash hit them the hardest." This means that during the years, it was hard for them to get by since they lived on a farm and that was their jobs.