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Ordinary Characters In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“‘Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks’” (Lee 259). On pages 258 and 259 of To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem mentions that he believes there are four different types of people. The ordinary kind, the kind like the Cunninghams, the kind like the Ewells, and the Negroes. Scout argues that he is wrong and says that there’s only one kind of person in the world. This passage shows that scout and Jem Have both matured, but have matured in very different ways. The use of dialogue helps to show what Scout and Jem are really thinking, the use of external conflict is used to show how strongly the characters feel about their opinions, and the use of character development is used to show how they have changed over the course of the novel. Dialogue was very important in showing exactly how Scout and Jem matured throughout the novel. “‘There’s four kind of folks in the world. There’s the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there’s the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes’” (258). This quote from To Kill A Mockingbird shows that Jem believes all people are not equal. What stands out the most is that Jem mentions that all Negroes are different than everyone else. He is saying that even if some negroes are basically the same as the Cunninghams or the…show more content…
Jem clearly shows that he believes all people are different, but Scout thinks differently. Scout argues that all people are equal by saying “‘...I think there’s just one kind of folks’” (259). There could be many different reasons for this, for example, Jem is four years older than Scout so he might have been persuaded by the kinds of people he talks to at school. Throughout the book, the two kids’ growing maturity is shown in many different ways, but this passage specifically shows how different the two of them grew
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