What is the criteria for "fine folk" in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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"The Levy family met all criteria for being Fine Folks" What these criteria are is answered in the following paragraph, they 'did the best they could' and had been living in Maycomb for 'five generations.'  

There are a number of interesting points about the definition which Lee uses here.  The use of capitals 'Fine Folks' may remind you of the way that Aunt Alexandra speaks, often representing traditional views within the community.  Lee often asks us to examine these ideas.  

Lee creates links within the novel.  The Levy family are Jewish and here we see that racism against them is rejected. This can be connected to chapter 26 when the school teacher is telling the students about Hitler's treatment of the Jews however she is blind to her own inherent racism of the black community.

'Fine Folks' therefore is a term which should be used for people in the white and black communities equally - but usually isn't in Maycomb.

 

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