What is your impression of the Cunninghams after reading Chapter 15, and how is it different from your initial impression in Chapter 2? 

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Initially, when we are introduced to the Cunningham family in Chapter 2, they are depicted as honorable, hard-working individuals. The fact that they don't accept anything that they cannot pay back displays their integrity. Although they are poor, they find ways to get by and Walter Cunningham Sr. is able to pay his debts via bartering. Walter Cunningham Jr. is a rather harmless character who displays respect for his teacher and classmates, unlike Burris Ewell. In Chapter 15, the audience is introduced to Walter Cunningham's "bad" side. Walter Cunningham hails from Old Sarum and is the leader of a drunken mob intent on harming Tom Robinson before his case. Atticus confronts Walter outside of Tom's jail cell, and Scout unknowingly diffuses the situation by running into the middle of the group. In Chapter 15, Walter is viewed as a drunk racist who is easily affected by "mob mentality." Walter Cunningham made the poor choice to participate in a criminal act that night but ultimately came to his senses at the last moment. Walter's ability to recognize the precarious situation Atticus was in, depicts him as a thoughtful man with a conscious. One of the main themes throughout the novel is the duality of human nature. The Cunninghams are no different than the majority of Maycomb's citizens who are friendly, but harbor prejudice towards African Americans. Chapter 2 and Chapter 15 display both the positive and negative sides of the Cunninghams.

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