The Dry Grass of August Setting & Symbolism

Anna Jean Mayhew
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Charlotte, NC

The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew takes place in the South in 1954. More specifically, the main story takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte is a major city in North Carolina. It is the location chosen by the Watts family after the war ends and Bill wants to start up a business with his brother, Stamos.

The family lives in a large house on Queen's Road West in Charlotte. The area is peaceful with tree-lined streets.

In the 1950s the South is going through a major upheaval regarding Civil Rights, from the decision on Brown vs. the Board of Education to the integration of schools.

The people in the South have very deeply rooted traditions, customs and belief systems that go back for hundreds of years. The South rebels against change in part because the people are comfortable with what is and believe...

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