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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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Explore the ways Harper Lee presents the differences between the Ewell and the Finch families and the significance of these Differences in 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

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The Finches are presented as a balanced, cohesive family. Though far from perfect, the Finch family works together to overcome the obstacles they face. Atticus is a single father, older than most, but works hard to instill in his children morals and values that will help make their world a better place. Atticus emphasizes working together and seeking to understand others. For instance, when Jem hacks Mrs. Dubose's flowers, Atticus makes Jem read to her every day. He wants Jem to understand what Mrs. Dubose has experienced. In contrast, the Ewells show a self-centered family that seeks to serve themselves only. Bob Ewell is also a single father, but he indulges his addictions and anger. Bob does nothing to teach his children morals or values. If anything, Bob instills in them to take advantage of others and to lie to get their way. Through these two families, Harper shows the importance of family and values. 

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