Examples Of Poverty In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, there are many chapters that involve racism, poverty, and or violence. This book takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. The Finches, Jem, Scout, and Atticus which are the rich white people, the Cunninghams, the poor humble people, the Ewells, the dirt poor white trash people, and the colored folks all are involved in either racism, poverty, and or violence. Many examples of poverty are stated in To Kill A Mockingbird. An example of poverty is the Ewells because the Ewells have nearly nothing. In chapter 17, it states “Maycomb's Ewells lived behind the town garbage dump in what was once a Negro cabin” (Lee 227). The Ewells are very poor and don't take very good care of their stuff. Another example of poverty…show more content…
An example of racism can be found in chapter 12 is when Lula is making fun of Jem and scout because they are white people in a black church. “‘I wants to know why you bringin’ white chillun to a nigger church.’” (Lee 158). Lula doesn’t like white people an obviously doesn’t want them at the black church. Lula is racist and doesn’t white people and is racist to them just like they are to blacks. Another example is when Mrs. Dubose was saying mean thing about negroes and Atticus. “‘Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!’” (Lee 135). Although there are more examples of racism, these are just some of them. Violence is stated many times in To Kill A Mockingbird. One example of violence is when Scout beat up Francis for calling her dad a negro lover. “This time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth. My left impaired, I sailed in with my right, nut not for long” (Lee 112). Another example of violence is when Scout beat up Walter Cunningham because she thinks that he got her in trouble. “‘He made me start off on the wrong foot.’… ‘He didn’t have any lunch,’” (Lee 30). Scout can be very violent if people make her mad or
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