Provide TKAM quotes that show pride in ancestry and tradition; and conformity/distrust of different races and social classes.Quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird that show: --Awareness of different...

Provide TKAM quotes that show pride in ancestry and tradition; and conformity/distrust of different races and social classes.

Quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird that show:

--Awareness of different social classes

--Pride in conformity and distrust of those who are different

--Little interest in the world outside of Maycomb

--Pride in ancestry and "tradition"


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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Awareness of Social Class: In chapter 3, Calpurnia indirectly reveals her awareness of social class by commenting on the difference between the Cunningham and Finch families while she chastises Scout for her rude behavior. She understands that the Cunninghams occupy a lower social class than the Finch family and tells Scout,

"Don’t matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house’s yo‘ comp’ny, and don’t you let me catch you remarkin’ on their ways like you was so high and mighty! Yo‘ folks might be better’n the Cunninghams but it don’t count for nothin’ the way you’re disgracin‘ ’em" (Lee, 25).

Ancestry: In chapter 14, Scout mentions how her Aunt Alexandra is preoccupied with heredity and is discouraged that Atticus had not taught his children about their honorable family history. Towards the end of the chapter, Atticus attempts to teach his children about their ancestry by saying,

"Your aunt has asked me to try and impress upon you and Jean Louise that you are not from run-of-the-mill people, that you are the product of several generations’ gentle breeding—" (Lee, 135).

Little Interest in the World Outside Maycomb: In Scout's class, Miss Gates schedules a Current Events activity in order to teach the children about what is happening throughout the world. However, Scout says,

"In the first place, few rural children had access to newspapers, so the burden of Current Events was borne by the town children, convincing the bus children more deeply that the town children got all the attention anyway" (Lee, 247).

Conformity: At the beginning of the novel, Scout briefly describes her family's history and reveals how her ancestors conformed to Southern customs. Scout says,

"Simon lived to an impressive age and died rich. It was customary for the men in the family to remain on Simon’s homestead, Finch’s Landing, and make their living from cotton . . ." (4).

Distrust: When Scout is leaving the courthouse, she overhears Miss Gates express her distrust of African Americans. Miss Gates feels that African Americans are threatening her way of life and says,

"It’s time somebody taught ’em a lesson, they were gettin’ way above themselves, an’ the next thing they think they can do is marry us" (Lee, 251).

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

    Here are a few quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird that fit your themes:

ANCESTRY.  "Being Southerners, it was a source of shame to som members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side of the Battle of Hastings."

TRADITION.  "Jem and I viewed Christmas with mixed feelings. The good side was the tree and Uncle Jack Finch. Every Christmas Eve day we met Uncle Jack at Maycomb Junction, and he would spend a week with us. A flip of the coin revealed the uncompromising lineaments of Aunt Alexandra and Francis... No amount of sighing could induce Atticus to let us spend Christms day at home."

CONFORMITY.  "It was customary for every circle hostess to invite her neighbors in for refreshments, be they Baptists or Presbyterians, which accounted for the presence of Miss Rachel, Miss Maudie and Miss Stephanie Crawford.

DISTRUST.  Concerning her teacher, Miss Gates, Scout declared: "Jem, how can you hate Hitler so bad an' then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home." 

AWARENESS OF SOCIAL CLASSES.  Scout's discussion with Calpurnia:  "Cal, why do you talk nigger-talk to the--to your folks when you know it's not right?" "Well, in the first place, I'm black... Now, what if I talked white-folks' talk at church and with my neighbors? They'd think I was puttin' on airs to beat Moses."

LACK OF INTEREST OUTSIDE OF MAYCOMB.  "Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town... There was no hurry, for there was no where to go, nothing to buy, and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County."

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