Who Is The Cunninghams In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In towns with small populations, remaining conversant with the unspoken laws of the community is not difficult as the knowledge of who is socially acceptable to talk to and who is thought of as more of an outsider than a neighbor is not hard information to come across. Harper Lee highlighted this in her novel To Kill A Mockingbird by telling the story of life in Maycomb County, Alabama, through the eyes of Jean Louise Finch, whom everyone called Scout. While Scout, her father Atticus, and her older brother Jem were considered to be at the top of Maycomb’s social caste due to their light complexion, respectable family history, and Atticus’ career as a lawyer, other families were not so lucky. As Jem stated, "There 's the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there 's the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes." (Harper 259). Though the Cunningham’s were white, which would normally mean superiority in this small town, their inability to make as much money as others as well as their isolated home placed them lower on the social scale than other middle and upper class citizens, such as the Finches and Miss Maudie. At first, Young Scout fully believed the scale’s interpretation of the Cunningham’s when the youngest, Walter, got her in trouble. Attempting to explain why Walter didn’t have a lunch and refused to borrow money from the teacher did not work out, and Scout blamed this on Walter and his poor family
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