To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How does social status influence characters' thoughts, actions and subsequent events in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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In the South of the 1930s, a contempt for "Negroes" was universal among all classes of whites; thus, this racial hatred elevated the lower class whites to membership with the higher classes.  This condition is why Bob Ewell insists that his daughter claim that Tom Robinson has raped her.  When he takes the witness stand, Scout describes him as "a little bantam cock of a man."  And, he takes a certain pride in his testimony that derogates the black man because it elevates him to...

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