To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout grow up learning how people in Maycomb treat one another. In a large portion of the novel, characters of the rich and the poor are involved in Tom Robinson’s case. Some characters are mockingbirds (someone or something that only does good), but nobody was able to see how they could be. Maycomb is infected with racism and prejudice affecting how people view one another including the mockingbirds and the innocent: Mr. Dolphus Raymond, Mayella Ewell, and Walter Cunningham. Maycomb’s citizens, contaminated with racial prejudice prevents them from truly understanding and accepting Mr. Dolphus Raymond. Before the trial begins, Jem talks about Mr. Dolphus Raymond in a tone as if he feels…show more content…
Although she had threw herself onto Tom, Mayella is still innocent due to the circumstances she had to live through. Her father, Bob Ewell had prevented her from learning how to bond with others like Tom Robinson. Overall, Mayella had been mistreated and misunderstood by society due to the fact that she was a “Ewell”. The majority of Maycomb county view Walter Cunningham and his family differently, unaware that there is nothing wrong with them other than being dirt poor. While young Walter is eating “dinner” at the Finch’s home, Calpurnia scolds Scout furiously about not giving respect to her guest. Scout unwittingly replies to her: “He ain’t company Cal, he’s just a Cunningham-” (33). Scout is part of the majority of Maycomb; they all view the Cunninghams differently from the ways they view each other. Giving no respect to Walter, Scout thinks that she is better than him, believing whatever he does is unsuitable. However, once Scout finds out that a relative of the Cunninghams had wanted to acquit Tom Robinson during the trial, her view over the Cunninghams changes dramatically. She then wants to invite Walter over, but Aunt Alexandra opposes this, telling Scout that “he-is-trash . . . I’ll not have you around him, picking up his habits and learning lord-knows-what” (301). Scout finally understands that in reality, the Cunninghams are just like them; they both have no prejudice over black people. However, some people

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