Where in To Kill A Mockingbird do both Jem and Alexandra talk about social class divisions in Maycomb?        

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There is an extended discussion of class division in two separate parts of Chapter 23. Toward the end of the chapter, Scout has an upsetting conversation with Aunt Alexandra in regard to Scout's friendship with Walter Cunningham. After telling Scout she can't play with Walter or invite him to their house, Alexandra finally gets to the point. According to Alexandra, the little boy is "trash." This reduces Scout to tears and Jem leads her from the room. In the conclusion of Chapter 23, Jem and Scout discuss their aunt's views. Jem shares his thoughts with Scout about the various class divisions in Maycomb. Scout thinks there's "just one kind of folks," but Jem disagrees:

If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other? If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?

Jem's assessment of class division in Maycomb, based on Tom Robinson's trial and conviction, seems more realistic than Scout's idealism.

 

 

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