To Kill A Mockingbird Family Analysis

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According to Google, a family is defined to be a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household. To Kill a Mockingbird never stops describing family to us. In Maycomb, Alabama, where the book takes place, family is everything, especially to Aunt Alexandra, many of her values around family loyalty and staying strong are throughout the novel. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper lee teaches readers about family by providing a variety of them, while creating her own definition of family. In the novel, the Ewell family is another one of Harper Lee’s representations of family. The Ewell’s are considered to be the lowest of the low in the community, mostly because of the father, Bob Ewell. The family is made out to be `tawdry'. This means that they are gaudy, showy, and cheap. Although some other…show more content…
A finch is also a type of bird which is symbolic of their family. Like the bird, the Finch family can be vulnerable. In Maycomb there’s lots of racism. When Atticus tries to defend Tom Robinson; a black, people begin speaking bad about the Finch’s. When they have their Christmas with the rest of their family, Scout’s cousin, Francis calls Atticus a “nigger-lover” repeatedly (83-84). The family is also vulnerable to murderers. In chapter 28, Bob Ewell attempts to kill Jem and Scout because Atticus was defending Tom. The Finch and the Finch family are both vulnerable to hatred. Harper Lee proves another point to family, vulnerability. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the overall theme of family can be defined as destiny, determination, and vulnerability. Aunt Alexandria says every family has a “streak”. Within the confines of a small town where the same people have lived for generations, they have established the reputation for having “streaks.”. Harper Lee really begins to create her own definition of family in To Kill a Mockingbird by providing readers with a wide variety of them, that family is destiny, determination, and
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