What does Walter Cunningham Jr., Miss Maudie, Mrs. Dubose and Link Deas represent in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Walter Cunningham Jr.  Walter represents the honest country folk who make up one of the four classes Jem describes in Maycomb. Like his father, Walter refuses to accept charity in the form of lunch money from Miss Caroline; his father has no money either, but he dutifully pays Atticus back for his legal services in goods that he has grown on his farm. Walter is unable to associate with the townspeople of Maycomb: He is an outsider who Aunt Alexandra considers too trashy to play with Scout.

Mrs. Dubose.  The old lady represents the unchanging attitudes of many Southerners. She lives in the past, clinging to her old Confederate pistol and the glory days before the Civil War. She also represents a unique brand of courage, unlike the stereotypical "man with a gun in his hand."

Link Deas.  Deas represents the honest but simple minority in Maycomb who are color blind when it comes to the races. Link is Tom's boss, and he puts in a good word for Tom during the trial, resulting in his expulsion from the courtroom. He hires Tom's wife, Helen, when no one else will, and he personally threatens to have Bob Ewell arrested for harassing her.

Miss Maudie.  Maudie Atkinson is one of the few positive examples of womanhood found in the novel. She abhors the gossip spread by her friend, Miss Stephanie, and she shows an independent spirit that serves as an example to Scout. Atticus's loyal friend, she defends his actions, recognizing that he is a man who is

"... born to do our unpleasant jobs for us."  (Chapter 22)

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