Differences Between Ewells And Cunninghams

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Harper Lee’s To Kill A MockingBird portrays many differences between the Ewells and Cunninghams. Cleanliness is one contrast between the two families. For example, the Ewells are dirty because Burris’ “neck was dark gray, the back of his hands were rusty” (27). Their appearances are unkempt because it isn’t their top priority; however, the Cunninghams choose to take pride in their appearance. Even though their circumstances make it hard, Walter “wore a clean white shirt and neatly mended overalls” (19). Not only their cleanliness is different, their manners are another difference that shows the opposite traits. For instance when Walter Cunningham said “Nome thank you ma’am” (19), Walter politely declined the quarter that his teacher gave when
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