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The first chapter's emphasis on family history and stories within stories describes the rigid social ties that hold society together in the little town of Maycomb, Alabama, and the inescapable links that tie an individual to his or her family or clan.
The introduction of the Radley's, their home, and Boo's reclusiveness.
We are also introduced to the concept of an individual's mores in relation to those of an entire town. A conflict repeated throughout the story.