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What is the difference between the Ewells and the Cunninghams in To Kill a Mockingbird and why does Lee include them?

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Maycomb has a very hierarchical society—rigidly so. Social mobility of any kind seems virtually impossible. Perhaps this is because most people agree with Aunt Alexandra that character traits, both good and bad, are handed down by family through each successive generation. So the Ewells, for example, are bad; they are "white trash"— always have been, always will be. The Cunninghams, however, though poor, are hard-working and virtuous. They won't accept a dime in charity from anyone; and if they can't afford to pay for something in cash, they'll pay what they owe in kind.

Bob Ewell, on the other hand, is an inveterate sponger, once fired from the WPA, (a federal...

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tee14 | Student

The Ewells, and the Cunninghams are both part of the lower class of Maycomb. However they portray themselves differently . The Ewells lack a sense of care, education, and jobs. But the Cunninghams try to make money the best way they can, and also encourage there children to attend school.

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