What are four descriptive words for the Ewells and a short description of them?The same for the Cunninghams

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The Ewell's were a family that, for generations, had lived off of welfare checks, next to the city dump.  They never "bettered" themselves but continued to live in squalor generation after generation.  Some descriptors from the book:  "the plot of ground around the cabin look[ed] like the playhouse of an insane child"  Of how many children they had, "some people said six, others said nine; there were always several dirty-faced ones at the windows."  Mr. Ewell "was the only man I ever heard who was fired from the WPA for laziness."  And more starkly, Atticus describes anyone who takes advantage of a black person, as Mr. Ewell did, is "trash".  In my own words I would call them poverty-stricken, victims of a lazy, drunk and abusive father, prone to cowardice, and weak.

The Cunninghams were farmers who were hit by the great depression, and were incredibly poor.  They were "willing to go hungry and vote as [they] pleased."  But, "The Cunninghams never took anything they can't pay back".  Atticus says that Mr. Cunningham "came from a set breed of men.  Walter Cunningham "looked as if he had been raised on fish food" and had no shoes.  In my own words I would call them poverty-stricken, principled, proud, and honest.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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