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A child in 1930s Alabama had a life much different than the life of a child growing up in todays modern society As opposed to todays standards education was less civilized Their home life was not as privileged or as entertaining and their place in society was much more trivial and planned out The lifestyles of a 1930s Alabama youth were much different than todays modern child In Harper Lees Novel To Kill A Mockingbird three youths struggle to grow up in post depression Maycomb Alabama Their school is by todays standards much less evolved Not only were special needs not embraced they were ignored Whereas todays society has no problems adapting education so that everybody could learn There were less career options for children as well We live in a time where the idea is You can be whatever you set your mind to However the slogan 70 years ago was more like You will be what we want you to be and when we want you to be it but only if youre white Luckily education criteria have changed since then as well as home life and society Home life in the novel is very foreign to us First of all we dont have a cook or servant unless we are very wealthy The Finchs had Calpurnia to fix their meals There was more of a family closeness attitude back then too whereas today families are often split up and kids can become less and less attached to their families Independence is a common denominator in both time periods Rites of passage again were another similarity in both time periods Children had a very limited role in society back in post-depression Alabama They hadnt much of a say in what they were going to be nor their activities opinions or much else in life When Jem and Scout passed by Mrs DuBoses house they were to be proper and
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