Analysis Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Poverty is often looked down in society because it means those who are poor have less. In To Kill a Mockingbird many of the poverty struck people are looked down on because of status, and there is little to support why they are. If someone has less, it does not necessarily indicate they are less, they just don’t have the means to be where others are in society. Today, there are many, even some who work, that live in poverty. When they get looked down on it is an injustice to society. In To Kill a Mockingbird, two examples of poverty are the Cunninghams and the Ewells. The Cunninghams are introduced in chapter two when Scout narrates the scene in front of her. “Walter Cunningham stood there lying his head off. He didn’t forget his lunch, he didn 't have any. He had none today nor would he have any tomorrow or the next day” (Lee). She knew that Cunningham was raised to never take what he could not give back. The Cunninghams are farmers in this time of the Great Depression so it is not surprising to hear a lot about poverty in this time period. Atticus makes a point by stating that the professional are poor because the farmers are poor. He tells scout this after getting paid back in harvest rather than in money (Lee). The Ewells are pushed into the story in chapter three, when the teacher screams because Burris Ewell has lice. Scout describes him as dirty, “He was the filthiest human I have ever seen( Lee)”. She goes on in later chapters telling how the Ewells lived in a…
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