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gabengaben | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 24, 2011 at 4:16 AM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, in what chapter can I find the quote "The Cunninghams are a step above the Ewells"?

I've been having trouble locating this quote, so if anyone could tell me which chapter, page number, and character this was spoken by I would greatly appreciate it. If the above description isn't enough, I remember also something about how the Cunninghams managed to live off the land without taking relief checks like the Ewells.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 24, 2011 at 11:19 PM (Answer #1)

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This comparison with the Cunninghams and Ewells comes during Jem's talk with Scout about his ideas of the social order in Maycomb (near the end of Chapter 23). According to Jem, there are four classes of people in town. There are (in descending order) the regular people, like the Finches; the rural country folks, like the Cunninghams; the Ewells; and the Negroes. Even Atticus, who rarely says a bad word about anyone, has labeled the Ewells "trash" and a "disgrace." Aunt Alexandra lumps the Cunninghams and Ewells together, believing that Walter Cunningham Jr. is not proper company for Scout--

"Because--he--is--trash, that's why you can't play with him."

--but Scout disagrees, telling Jem that

"... that boy's not trash, Jem. He ain't like the Ewells."


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