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In "To Kill a Mockingbird", what is Walter Cunningham like? What does his behavior...

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Posted August 30, 2008 at 3:04 AM via web

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In "To Kill a Mockingbird", what is Walter Cunningham like? What does his behavior during lunch suggest about his home life?

 

 

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted August 30, 2008 at 7:40 AM (Answer #2)

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The first time Walter Cunningham's personality is revealed is in school. He is in the same class as Scout. He does not where shoes, however is clothes are clean. As the teacher inspects the children's lunches she sees that Walter does not have any lunch, she offers him a quarter to which she expects to be paid back. Walter would not accept the money, he shows an unashamed self respect and knows he could not pay the teacher back. When Walter is invited to dinner he is excited, but then becomes uneasy. After being reassured he joins Jen and Scout at their home for dinner. Walter fills his plate without reservation, even pouring syrup on his vegetables. Clearly he is joyful for the meal, indicating that there are no such meals at the Cunningham home. The power and beauty of Walter's personality comes to fruition when Scout reminds his father as he was ready to attack her father about that dinner, not to insult, brag or disrespect Mr. Cunningham but silently suggest he look at other points of view.

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