“Family and Class Distinctions” “Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” Different social classes have divided up societies throughout history and still do today in many situations. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird she showed many different types of family and class distinctions. It matters what family or class people belonged to and what class distinctions there were because they affect the story. In Maycomb County most of the people were of a poor status, but some were more poor than others. “Are we poor, Atticus?” Atticus nodded. “We are indeed.” Jem’s nose wrinkled. “Are we as poor as the Cunninghams?” “Not exactly. The Cunninghams are country folks, farmers, the crash hit them the hardest” (21). This quote shows that the Finch family is indeed poor, but not as poor and low class as the Cunningham’s are. Although the …show more content…
“The tribe of which Burris Ewell and his brethren consisted had lived on the same plot of earth behind the Maycomb dump, and had thrived on county welfare money for three generations” (130). This quote shows that the Ewells had always been an unpleasant and low class family. The Ewells had to live off welfare and they were rude and ignorant. During Tom Robinson’s trial, you were able to see the Ewell’s true colors and ways they were disrespectful. Some of the people of Maycomb had different opinions on other people that may have been of a lower social status than them. For example, Aunt Alexandra told Scout that she couldn’t play with Walter Cunningham because she says that he and his family are not their kind of folks. “Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him. I’ll not have you around him, picking up his habits and learning Lord-knows-what” (225). This quotes shows how Aunt Alexandra believes that Scout shouldn’t associate with Walter Cunningham even though he is
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Recently, in my English class, we read the novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee. This story is about how a young girl comes to realize a few things about her community. One of the things she learns involves the social classes in her small town. She also learns that because these classes exist some people are treated differently than others. As the young girl, Scout, continues to see this behavior the reader also comes to realize how this segregation influences individuals to discriminate against the lower class.
The Prejudice of Maycomb County Prejudice has plagued the United States of America for decades, and still plays an important role in the lives of everyday people today. Moreover, it can be in the form of racism, sexism, classism, or one of many other countless methods of presumption towards others. Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, chooses to illustrate the prejudice of Maycomb County through the use of characters’ actions and dialogue. Aunt Alexandra may be full of pride, but she is prejudice nonetheless.
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, we follow along as the author leads us through Maycomb’s towns people’s lives in the 1930’s. As we shadow Atticus and his family we learn some background on his family as well as other characters. As we read along we experience some of the problems in the town like stereotyping as well as other ones. Although not being like others in this case not being stereotypical it may lead to some consequences, but in the end things won’t be that bad. Think about it there may be some obstacles
Harper Lee uses setting and characterisation to reveal values such as social justice, attitudes such as racism and fears that exist in relationships within the town of Maycomb County during the 1930’s. In this essay I will discuss these aspects that exist in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Maycomb County is a small town in Alabama which is very much set in its ways. Time goes by and nothing seems to change, everyone’s business is publicly known. As Scout quoted ‘ He liked Maycomb County, he was Maycomb County born and bred; he knew his people, they knew him’.
The Cunninghams, a poor farming family living on the outskirts of Maycomb, are not viewed as “‘...company, [they are] Cunningham’” otherwise known as the trash of Maycomb, according to Scout Finch (Lee 24). Scout makes rude remarks about Walter Cunningham Jr., a classmate of hers, after he drenched his supper in molasses. Calpurnia quickly scolds Scout, explaining to her that Walter had not known any better, not having had supper like that before. Social prejudice is clearly demonstrated here because Walter Cunningham Jr. is not welcome by Scout at the Finch home due to the fact that she does not perceive him to be of her same caliber and social class. No person should be alienated because of the way they dress, where they live, or who they affiliate with.
Maycomb refuses to accept Tom Robinson’s innocence and instead uses him as a scapegoat to protect the Ewell’s pride and to justify blaming him for Mayella’s circumstances which preserves Maycomb’s power over the African American community. Maycomb’s inability to believe Tom’s innocence is because his case is a “black man’s word against the Ewells” and “the jury [can’t] possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson’s word” because Maycomb deems ignorant, uneducated white people, like the Ewells, as more respectable, valuable, and trustworthy than black people (88, 108). Tom’s case demonstrates how Maycomb sees African Americans as expendable because of deep-rooted prejudices. Maycomb chooses to condemn a black man to death over damaging Mr. Ewell’s pride. Maycomb attempts to rationalize this verdict with stigmas about black people, falling back on their ingrained prejudices.
Everyday people get judged for what they like, love, what they believe in, their race, and religion. In the To kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb, Alabama. In the town where the book takes place there's a lot of judgement that goes on every day through the town, basically everyone that lives in Maycomb everyone has a reputation. There is a lot of social and inequality
Walter Cunningham has been to school around maybe 3 times, each time only lasted a day because he had to stay home to work on the farm. Harper Lee uses the Cunninghams to represent the classes of society who were the lowest amongst whites, but were still above colored
Close to the end of the trial when Tom Robinson is saying his final statement he says “Well I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try harder then the rest of em”(Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird) which showed that black people had feelings too, but what he said was turned against him in a flash [Because he was on trial for rape]. The jury of Maycomb looked past the good and went straight to him being a monster Scout did not understand how bad Tom Robinson’s statement was. The trial showed that Scout was still too young to fully understand everything that was going on in the trial showing why it was so
He was “born and bred” (Lee 5) and “related by blood or marriage to nearly every family in the town” (Lee 5) he can afford to offend Maycomb’s people, nevertheless, he will be reelected to the state legislature as every year. Atticus knows what he is getting into by taking on this case, and he knows that he cannot win against the racial animus. As a result, the social fabric in which the trial will take place, illustrates the typical class stratification in which racism and inequality rule. 3.2 The Trial – Its rights and structure
To KIll a Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses the town of Maycomb changing throughout the story ultimately affecting the ending. Lee represents society as an ever changing factor to people life. There are a few things that attribute to this change including the case against Tom Robinson as well as the mob that confronts Atticus wanting to get at Tom Robinson. Characters such as Atticus Finch have seen this change in Maycomb and are personally affected by it.
Atticus Finch prioritizes his role of father in that his responsibility teach his kids right from wrong takes precedence over all other things. Respect for all neighbors, in spite of Maycomb stereotypes, its a requirement in their household as the kids learn to accept the Cunningham's social class, Dolphus Raymond's lifestyle, and Boo Radley's eccentric Behavior. The Cunningham family is look down upon because of their low social class. Since they are so poor they are viewed as a different type of folk.
To kill a mockingbird is a well-known novel written by the talented author Harper Lee. The novel is about a lawyer, Atticus Finch, and how he defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. The novel explores the issues of family, prejudice, courage and justice. The issues of family and prejudice and how they have been represented will be discussed in this essay. Maycomb’s close-knit community consists of many families with different values and structure.
The only thing we’ve got is a black man’s word against the Ewells‘. The evidence boils down to you-did—I-didn’t. The jury couldn’t possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson’s word against the Ewells’—” (Lee 117). Every adult in Maycomb, who knows the ways of the town, knows that Tom has absolutely no chance of winning. The hate, and peer pressure to hate, is rooted to deep into the minds of the citizens, that they know the outcome even before the