To Kill a Mockingbird essay help!? Hello, i have to do an essay on To Kill a Mockingbird and my topic is Social Inequality. My thesis for this topic proves why social Inequality divides the...

To Kill a Mockingbird essay help!?

Hello, i have to do an essay on To Kill a Mockingbird and my topic is Social Inequality. My thesis for this topic proves why social Inequality divides the community. But i need 3 points to help my build my body. Please help!!?? I am very desperate and confused right now. Thank you.

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The Cunningham family is poor, but when Atticus helped them with some legal work, they paid him with produce from their farm. Walter Cunningham is so poor he cannot afford to bring his lunch to school, and Scout must explain to the new teacher the reason that he doesn't have a quarter to buy a lunch is because "he is a Cunningham." The other children smile knowingly. The Cunningham family is separated from the community because they are socially unequal, but Scout and Jem bridge this gap when they invite Walter to lunch and see that their father respects Walter and his family, even though they are poor. They are poor but proud.

Calpurnia is divided from the community not only because she is black, but also because she is poor. The Blacks in this story live "on the other side of town" and they attend their own church. Although this is mostly racial inequality, it is social as well because we get the idea in the story that if any of the Blacks were rich, they would not be so ostracized. Calpurnia speaks differently when she is with "her folks" as Scout notices, but when she is with the children as their housekeeper, cook, Nanny and surrogate mother, she speaks in a more refined way.

Aunt Alexandra keeps reminding Scout and Jem of their ancestry. She is not very approving of Atticus and his egalitarian ways. Her missionary women's group is an example of social inequality. These women fancy themselves far above anyone else in the town.

The Ewell family is the biggest example of social inequality. They are poor white trash. The entire community shuns them. They are an angry bunch because of it. They are not only poor, but uneducated. Worse, they are ignorant and prejudiced. As a result, they persecute the only group in the community that is beneath them socially - the Blacks.

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