Can you rank the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird from highest to lowest according to their wealth status?Here are some: Finches, Miss Maudie, Aunt Alexandra, Ewells, Cunninghams, Radleys,...

Can you rank the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird from highest to lowest according to their wealth status?

Here are some: Finches, Miss Maudie, Aunt Alexandra, Ewells, Cunninghams, Radleys, Calpurnia, Miss Caroline, Dill, Miss Stephanie, Robinsons

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This is a very interesting question. Family financial matters are not discussed much in the novel, probably because most parents don't discuss money with their young children, and this is certainly the case with Atticus and Scout (as the narrator). Here are my guesses concerning this issue.

1.  Dolphus Raymond.  Oddly enough, Raymond lives with his black mistress on the "wrong" side of town, but we learn that he owns a great deal of land along the river. He wears expensive English riding boots, the only ones Scout has ever seen.
2.  Jack Finch.  Atticus' brother is a doctor in Boston, so he must earn a decent living.
3.  Judge Taylor. Even in the 1930s, judges made more money than most poor lawyers like Atticus.
4.  Atticus Finch.  Atticus is a poor country lawyer, but he probably makes more money than most people in Maycomb.
5.  Dill's parents.  We don't know much about them (partly because Dill lies so much), but they seem to have enough money to travel and buy expensive gifts for Dill.
6.  Sheriff Heck Tate.  Though a public servant, sheriffs usually earn a decent wage.
7.  B. B. Underwood.  The newspaper owner probably makes a decent living from the advertisers who back his paper.
8.  Aunt Alexandra.  Alexandra and her husband, Jimmy, likely have little money, but they own the old Finch Landing homestead.
9.  The Radleys.  Like Alexandra, they may have little money, but they do own a large house.
10.  Miss Maudie, Miss Stephanie, Aunt Rachel.  Single (and/or widowed) women all, they must have inherited some money, since none of them hold down jobs.
11.  Miss Caroline and Miss Gates. They're teachers: Enough said.
12.  Calpurnia.  Atticus probably pays her a decent wage.

It's debatable who makes more money between Tom Robinson's family, the Cunninghams and the Ewells. The Robinsons both work (though Tom's incarceration and death ended his income); Bob Ewell receives a welfare check; and the Cunninghams are virtually penniless.

 

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