Explore the Different Communities in Maycomb

Explore the ways communities are shown in To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird is set in Maycomb County which is riddled with prejudice and institutional racism paired with historical mind-sets. Lee takes us on a journey uncovering the depth of a typical location in the American South, who has divided themselves into sub-communities which show the cracks beneath Maycombs glossy façade. At first Lee masks the superficiality of Maycomb’s community as we perceive it as a very ordinary little town; Lee conveys the thought that it is a very relaxed county ‘took their time about everything’.
Exploring deeper into the novel we discover how Lee has mislead us to believe that Maycomb was a tight knit community, this glossy exterior quickly dissipated into a deeply segregated community. Maycomb was no longer one but a multifaceted and divided community. Within these sectors the population had a very parochial view on life ‘nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb’. The sense and spirituality of the town is in parallel with its structure ‘The court-house sagged in the square’ this use of personification exposes how the beliefs of the town are reflected when looked at in detail. This comments on their regimented mind-set and how they are in no hurry to change their outdated but systematic beliefs. The only focus on the court-house building could be overlooked at first glance as no other building is mentioned, however it is unveiled when Tom Robinsons trial comes to a head that it relates to the judgements placed upon people there. Maycomb is perceived unfavourably at first, as we uncover the gossiping, irrational world but this is just one fictional example whereas these kinds of towns very much existed   and still exist,this is what Lee tries to deliver in the novel that Maycomb was and is normal.
Throughout the novel we are conscience that an eight year old girl is providing her perception of the different communities in Maycomb, which is enlightening for...