Money is anything that is generally accepted in payment for goods and services and in repayment of debts, it also refers to the notes and coins used by a country. In Maycomb, they use the 1930s American Dollar. It is broken up into bank notes and coins; it goes by the decimal system.
Maycomb is a small town; it is recovering from The Great Depression,ÃÂI keep her because this depressionÃÂs on and she needs her dollar and a quarter every week she can get it.ÃÂ- page 257.
It is not financially stable yet,ÃÂThere was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with.ÃÂ- page 6.
The majority of its people have average wealth like The Finchs, Miss Stephanie or The Jacobs. There are more poor people around than rich like The Ewells or The Cunninghams,ÃÂHe probably never seen three quarters together at the same time in his life.ÃÂ-
Some people in Maycomb rather you give them, or they would rather give you, goods or products instead of currency like Dr. Reynolds:ÃÂHe charges a bushel of potatoes for a delivery of a baby.ÃÂ- page 23.
Or the Cunninghams:ÃÂNot in money [Atticus said] but before the yearÃÂs out IÃÂll have been paid. You watchÃÂ-page 23.
The money influences the plot in many ways. On influence being religious, Simon Finch is an ancestor of the FinchÃÂs and he was a Methodist. He thought that buying and selling medicine would go against his religion so he bought three slaves and established a homestead, which he called: FinchÃÂs Landing and thatÃÂs how that came about.
Coinage valuesAs mentioned before, Maycomb goes by the American Dollars ($) and cents (ÃÂ¢), and it works with the decimal system. Below you will find out what coins are used in Maycomb and how to use them. The coins are broken up into four different denominations: the Penny, the Nickel, the Dime, the Quarter and the Dollar comes in note form.
PENNY NICKEL DIME QUARTER DOLLARFirst, there are one hundred cents to one dollar:100ÃÂ¢ = $1.00Each cent can also be called a Penny:1ÃÂ¢ = 1 Penny, so 100 Pennies = $1.00X 100 =One Nickel is equal to five cents:5ÃÂ¢ = 1 Nickel, 5 Pennies = 1 Nickel, so 20 Nickels = $1.00X 5 = , X 20 =One Dime is equal to ten cents:10ÃÂ¢ = 1 Dime, 10 Pennies = 1 Dime, 2 Nickels = 1 Dime, so 10 Dimes = $1.00X 2 = , X 10 =X 10 = ,One Quarter is equal to twenty-five cents:25ÃÂ¢ = 1 Quarter, 25 Pennies = 1 Quarter, 5 nickels = 1 Quarter, 2 dimes and 1 Nickel = 1 Quarter, so 4 Quarters = $1.00X 25 = , X 5 = , X 2 AND =X 4 =Last but not least, the Dollar. This is the coin with the highest value in Maycomb:100ÃÂ¢ = 1 DollarNow you can us mix it up a little. You can use different coins to make different combinations of one Dollar.
SpendingNow that you know how the coinage values work, you can use your coins to buy things at the stores. Some places were money is used in Maycomb are: O.K. CafÃÂ©, The Drug Store, TyndalÃÂs Hardware, Jitney Jungle, V.J. ElmoreÃÂs, the bank and the Post Office, the jail.
Here is a list of some of the things you could potentially buy in Maycomb:5ÃÂ¢, or 1 Nickel, for a Negro to break up a chiffarobe. ÃÂCome here, nigger, and bust up this chiffarobe for me, I gotta nickel for you.ÃÂ-page 199.
5ÃÂ¢, or 1 Nickel, to do one thing at the Halloween Pageant at the school. ÃÂHereÃÂs thirty cents, you can do six things.ÃÂ-page 2825ÃÂ¢, or a Nickel to infect oneself. ÃÂI went so far as to pay a nickel for the privilege of rubbing my head against the head of Miss RachelÃÂs cookÃÂs son, who was affected with a tremendous ringworm.ÃÂ-page 83.
17ÃÂ¢, or 1 Dime, 1 Nickel and 2 Pennies, for a twirling baton. ÃÂI had long had my eye on that baton: it was at V.J. ElmoreÃÂs, it was bedecked with sequins and tinsel, it cost seventeen cents.ÃÂ-page 111.
25ÃÂ¢, or 1 Quarter, to go to the pictures. ÃÂHad entered his picture in a Beautiful Child contest and won five dollars. She gave the money to Dill, who went to the picture show twenty times on it.ÃÂ-page 8.
25ÃÂ¢, or 1 Quarter, to each lunch downtown. ÃÂHereÃÂs a quarter,ÃÂ she said to Walter. ÃÂGo and eat downtown today.ÃÂ-page 21.
$5.00 to call a doctor. ÃÂHe had never called a doctor to any of hisÃÂn in his life, and if he had it would have cost him five dollars.ÃÂ-page 193.
$10.00 for a brand new pocket watch with knife and chain. ÃÂIt [Pocket watch] would be worth ten dollars, knife, chain and all, if it were new.ÃÂ-page 67.
$13.00 for a train ticket from Meridian to Maycomb. ÃÂHe had taken thirteen dollars from his motherÃÂs purse, caught the nine oÃÂclock from Meridian and got off at Maycomb Junction.ÃÂ-page 154.
$100.00 for a penalty from the judge. ÃÂMr.Whitley, do that again and itÃÂll cost you one hundred dollars.ÃÂ-page 182.
That is all for this section of your Survival Guide to Maycomb; you have learned everything you need to know about MaycombÃÂs currency and coinage values. Now you will able to talk to particular people in the right way and avoid awkward situations like Miss. Caroline on page 21! Now you can go out and use your money with confidence!Bibliography:To Kill a Mockingbird ÃÂ Harper Leehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coins_of_the_United_States_dollarhttp://www.myschoolhouse.com/courses/O/1/11.asphttp://www.enchantedlearning.com/math/money/coins/