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Briefly Compare and Contrast Walter Cunningham&Burris Ewell.Briefly Compare and...

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courtneykae10 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 11, 2010 at 10:44 AM via web

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Briefly Compare and Contrast Walter Cunningham&Burris Ewell.

Briefly Compare and Contrast Walter Cunningham&Burris Ewell. Indicate how they are alike & how they are different and explain what point Harper Lee is making through them

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teacher2011 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 11, 2010 at 10:55 AM (Answer #1)

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Walter Cunningham and Burris Ewell are both from poor families. However, the Cunninghams  act with respect and dignity while the Ewells act disrespectfully. On the first day of school Burris is rude, dirty, and badmouths the teacher, making her cry. Walter, on the other hand is quiet, respectful, and refuses to take a handout from the teacher that he knows he cannot repay. Walter has been taught to act honorably. Burris has been brought up in an environment that has taught him to act disrespectfully. He only goes to school on the first day to elude truancy laws. The point Lee makes is that the amount of money a family has does not determine its character.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 11, 2010 at 10:49 AM (Answer #2)

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The only thing that these two characters really have in common is that they are both poor.  Walter, for example, is too poor to have a lunch to bring to school.

But they are really quite different, as are their families.  Walter is a respectful kid who knows how to behave.  He is clean and he is willing to come to school and try to learn.  Burris is filthy and lousy and does not care about coming to school.

I think that the author is trying to make the point that people should be judged by their character and not by their economic status or anything else.

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