Analysis Of Harper Lee 's ' Kill A Mockingbird '

2140 WordsNov 19, 20149 Pages
Families of Maycomb What is a family? A Family is usually defined by its complex set of relationships that help pass on values, morals, and love through the generations. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, may be one of the most famous and raved about novels of the 20th century, the story focuses on the importance of family and the differences in their morals and values. The concept of family is essential to this story, it serves as one of the main themes present throughout the novel, giving us insight to the reasoning behind character’s actions and motives. The degree in which the Cunninghams, Ewells, and Harris family reflect these essential qualities of family vary greatly due to their different set of morals, parenting styles, and socioeconomic status. In this essay, the variation of these qualities of “family” amongst the families of Maycomb will be explored. To begin, the Ewells are a good example of a family that reflect these essential qualities on the lower end of the spectrum. The Ewell family is a poor one, comprised of an alcoholic father , Bob, his son Burris, his daughter Mayella, and 6 other unnamed children. An individual’s primary source of socialization comes from their family; meaning that the family has a major influence on their morals and values. In the case of the Ewell family, Bob poses as not only an unhealthy role-model, but also teaches his kids to not value, or respect others, education, or the law. His failure to teach his children right from
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