The Three Families in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Essay

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Harper Lee’s Novel “To Kill a Mockingbird and the Contrasts between three different families In Harpers Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee has created three unique families. The Ewell’s were a family who lived like slavish animals, a perfect t mold of a stereotyped redneck. The Cunninghams too, are a poor family but they are very proud, much like a farmer type of stereotype who never took anything that they could not repay. The Finches are the most distinct and well respected by the whole town of Maycomb and have lived their life according to a code of values that they apply equally to everyone. Having said this, the Ewells, the Cunninghams and the Finches were three very distinct families with a differing code of…show more content…
Conversely to this, Burris was never noticed at school but when he was noticed by the students and they started talking to him he would beam with pride. He also was rude and insulting witch he would have learned from his father as he has no mother. As said by little Chuck (pg 27) “he’s a mean one, a hard down mean one” witch suggests his father to be an abusive man and a drunk recording the family’s actions throughout the novel and the timeline. Coming from Atticus’ point of view the Ewells have certain privileges that allow them to do things others can not because the kids would die of starvation or worse if they did not have them. As much as Atticus hates the Ewells, he does not want the kids to suffer more than they have to and mealy explains that “The Ewells had been the disgrace of Maycomb for 3 generations”. The fact remains that through the novel one will see the Ewells in a trapped vortex of hate and anguish as they struggle to get by, each becoming more like the father and growing farther apart from society no matter how much they desire to be a part of it. Concluding the fact, the Cunninghams were another set of "folks" in Maycomb with a distinct set of values. To the rest of Maycomb the Cunninghams are viewed as a very self sufficient family. Though they are very poor they always pay back what they owe, and never ask of anything in return. Despite the fact that the Cunninghams pay back what they own in supplies, they are
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