On what grounds does Aunt Alexandra forbid Walter Cunningham from coming over for dinner? What does this tell us about her character, and perhaps what she has in common with the twelve men on Tom...

On what grounds does Aunt Alexandra forbid Walter Cunningham from coming over for dinner? What does this tell us about her character, and perhaps what she has in common with the twelve men on Tom Robinson's jury?

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In Chapter 23 when Aunt Alexandra forbids Scout from inviting Walter Cunningham to dinner, she says that it is not because they aren't "good folks" or because you can't clean Walter up and put him in nice clothes but that even if you do, he "won't be like Jem." She also complains that there's a tendency to drink amongst the Cunninghams. She goes on to call the Cunninghams "trash" and say that that is the reason why he cannot come over to dinner.

Even though it might be different than judging someone by the color of their skin as the jury seems to do, Aunt Alexandra judges Walter simply by the fact that he is a Cunningham and as such is not really the same as the kind of people she wants to associate with. By doing so, she puts herself in the same light as the members of the jury who convict Tom based simply on the fact that he is an African American.

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