Socioeconomic Status In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Both past and present societies are overshadowed by years of injustice and prejudice. People are often judged, criticized, or have their futures affected by the biased social norms that continue to linger in society today. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird displays and brings up a series of arguments that, although the literature was written more than fifty years ago, are still applicable to the present day, with some of those arguments being about the effects of an individual’s socioeconomic status in an arraigning community. Lee’s arguments on socioeconomic class suffice to say that, on most occasions, citizens who grow up and are naturally born with educational advantages are already at the top of the social hierarchy, while others believe that that kind of status becomes irrelevant when one’s morality is taken into account. In the novel, after Scout tries to convince her aunt Alexandra to invite Walter Cunningham over to their house, Aunt Alexandra rejects…show more content…
According to the American Psychological Association, “African American unemployment rates are typically double that of Caucasian Americans. African-American men working full-time earn only 72 percent of the average earnings of comparable Caucasian men and 85 percent of the earnings of Caucasian women.” Racism is often involved in social status, and ethnic minorities do not receive the same benefits as white citizens. The fact that a distinction this noticeable exists proves one of Lee’s more minor arguments: there will always be people who either support the natural order of social class discrimination and those who ignore its significance. This discriminatory line in relation to Lee’s arguments serves as evidence for modern discrimination for citizens who are less fortunate than the rest of the populace. Despite the constant existence of invidious figures, there will also be ethical standpoints who counter those
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