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What causes alienation and what are its effects in To Kill a Mockingbird?Tthis is a...

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What causes alienation and what are its effects in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Tthis is a question dealing with To Kill a Mockingbird and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It's one of the many questions in my essay that I have, and I'm having some trouble. Any help?

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

Posted September 26, 2011 at 11:45 PM (Answer #1)

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Racism and intolerance of others are just two reasons for the alienation of some characters in To Kill a Mockingbird. The Negro population is alienated from most of the white populace of Maycomb simply because of the color of their skin and the prevailing segregationist views of the times. Dolphus Raymond is an outcast among Maycomb's white citizens because he (a white man) prefers the company of Negroes and has a black mistress. Miss Caroline and the Misses Tutti & Frutti are shunned because they come from Northern Alabama--and because Tutti & Frutti are deaf, spinsters, and Republicans. The Radleys are scorned because of the past events that have occurred between Boo and his father; Boo and his brother are anti-social, and the rest of Maycomb responds to them in a like manner. The Cunninghams and Ewells are alienated because of their poverty and their geographical locale: The Cunninghams live in Old Sarum, well outside of Maycomb; and the Ewells live adjacent to the town dump. Dill is alienated from his parents for other reasons. His mother and  father(s) would rather spend their time together alone--without Dill--preferring to shower him with gifts and send him to Maycomb each summer instead of showing him the love and attention that he so desires.

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