Social Classes in Maycomb, to Kill a Mockingbird

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SOCIAL CLASSES IN MAYCOMB Even among whites, social hierarchy is evident. Each class looks down on the one below it- AS EVIDENT IN PG 249, “THERE ARE FOUR KINDS OF FOLKS IN THE WORLD..” There are many different social classes in “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The factors that separate people into these social classes are their skin color and their occupation. First social class- Respectable White-collar workers; professionals For example, Atticus, Scout, and Jem are part of the highest social class. They are part of this social class because Atticus is a lawyer, which makes him a highly respected person in the community. This is also one of the highest-ranking jobs in Maycomb society Scout and Jem are his children and therefore also part of…show more content…
They have no money, no education, and no breeding. The single thing that elevates them at any level in the community is the fact that they're white. Like most people in similar situations, Bob and Mayella would like to better their station in life. However, Bob is unwilling to put forth the effort necessary to change his family's lot and Mayella doesn't have the resources to change her own life. Bob is not serious about wanting to improve his economical status (copy other mind map) Ewell is a drunkard and an abuser who is despised throughout the community Struggle for Power in Society This struggle for power is most pointedly brought out in the case of Tom Robinson and the Ewells. Because the Ewells are at the bottom of the class structure along with the African Americans, and are constantly sneered and despised by their higher-ranking white peers, Bob Ewell tries to seem better than his current situation of utter poverty by trying to appear as morally superior to Tom Robinson, an African American. In accusing Tom Robinson, he sees what he believes is a way for advancement in society. Not only does he i) clear his daughter of the ‘crime’ she has committed of tempting a black man, he also ii) elevates his societal status. In his mind, the town should think him a hero for saving Maycomb's white
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