In "To Kill a Mockingbird", how are the Finches and Ewells different?

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, as my grandmother would have said, the Finches come from good stock and the Ewells are "common white trash."  The Finches are people of education, grace, and high standards.  They believe in truth and justice and the American way, while the Ewells are people who take from the system, involved in incest, and no education.  They come from two different sides of the tracks so to speak.

"Bob Ewell is the head of family who's been "the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations," Bob Ewell is despised by Maycomb society as a shiftless drunkard. He is unable to keep a job, spends all his relief money on alcohol, and traps animals outside of hunting season. He provides little support to his large, motherless family, and is reputed to beat his children (and perhaps sexually abuse them too, as Mayella's testimony hints)."

"Atticus Finch, Scout's widowed father, is a member of one of Maycomb County's oldest and most prominent families. Atticus is a lawyer and also a member of the state legislature, elected by townspeople who respect his honesty even if they don't always approve of his actions. For example, when Atticus is appointed the defense attorney for Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman, the town disapproves because he aims to do the best job he can. As a father Atticus is affectionate with Jem and Scout, ready with a hug when they need comfort and available to spend time reading to them."

 

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