What is Old Sarum in To Kill a Mockingbird?

What is Old Sarum in To Kill a Mockingbird?

What is Old Sarum in To Kill a Mockingbird?

What is Old Sarum in To Kill a Mockingbird?
This is a good question. Only by reading carefully will you be able to pick up on the name Sarum in To Kill A Mockingbird. Sarum is found only six times in the whole novel. Sarum is a group of people. In chapter one, Scout states that old Sarum refers to a tribe of people, who reside in the northern part of the county. She also says that the Cunninghams are from old Sarum. Moreover, Arthur Radley became friends with them and got into some trouble as they formed something like a gang. Here is what Scout says:According to neighborhood legend, when the younger Radley boy was in his teens he became acquainted with some of the Cunninghams from Old Sarum, an enormous and confusing tribe domiciled in the northern part of the county, and they formed the nearest thing to a gang ever seen in Maycomb.In chapter 15, Link Deas intimates that the people of Old Sarum are racist. They are also unpredictable and can be violent.  He asks if they can get a change of venue. They are not able to do so. Later on they are the ones who come to take care of “business” but Atticus and Scout stop them. In short, the people of old Sarum represent odd, backward thinking people.