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,…show more content…
These were two different types of poverty in the story that contradict each other in several ways. Because of the way the world presents poverty, poor people are often looked down on and blamed for the situations they are in and are labelled as lazy and unskilled. This makes it very hard for many of them to find jobs, thus they cannot get out of the povertous place they are in. Many of these people cannot afford the necessities of living and this includes food. Close to 21,000 people die worldwide because of hunger or hunger-related causes (poverty.com). Sadly, most of these deaths are children. Surprisingly, in Indiana, poverty is one of the worse things children face. Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, says family and economic structures need to improve before that figure improves for children (nuvo.net). Another factor in poverty is the rate of single parent families. Forty percent of children were born to single mothers according to Stanczykiewicz (nuvo.net 2). Twenty-two percent of children, seven percent of seniors, and seventeen percent of women are in poverty (spotlightonpoverty.com). The rate of poverty here is at 15.9 percent. The rate of poverty in working families is at 35.9 percent in Indiana (spotlightonpoverty). The guidelines for this are for one person, anything under $11,490, and then adding $4020 from there. For example, for a family of four,
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