17 - .ThroughScout,Lee ,Alabama,...

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The sense of place established in this chapter is integral to the rest of the story. Through Scout, Lee  gives the reader a feel for the small southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, which is loosely based on  Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. In this town, the rules of society are clearly set. One's  social survival depends on how well he or she follows the rules. Scout, Jem, and Dill come to  question these conventions as the story progresses. Where a person comes from — his ancestry — is important, and like many small towns, Maycomb's  citizens are suspicious of outsiders. Dill is a crucial character in the story because he is both an  insider and an outsider. He hails from a different state, but because he is a child and because "His  family was from Maycomb originally," he is accepted readily. Throughout the story, Dill acts as an  observant conscience for the town. The first example of Dill as conscience comes when he and Jem 
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