Harper Lee chooses a setting, Maycomb, which is heavily influenced by her hometown, Monroeville. The setting of Maycomb greatly affects the plot through the use of poverty, racism, and prejudice. Scout says in the introduction that “Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it.”
The author tells a classic story of racism and prejudice told through the lens of an unexpected character: Scout Finch. Harper Lee brings the mood of the 1930’s and the life of a child straight to life right in front of you as one reads this book.