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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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Write about the differences between a Ewell, a Cunningham and a Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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The Ewells, Cunninghams and Finches represent three different levels of the Maycomb social structure in To Kill a Mockingbird. The Ewells are the lowest of Maycomb's white families, "the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations." Father Bob does not work, beats his daughter, and allows his children to go to school hungry and lice-ridden. Mr. Cunningham is even poorer than Ewell (he will not accept government financial assistance), but he works hard to keep his farm productive. His children are often hungry, but they are clean and respectful. Atticus' family is one of Maycomb's elite, and he is probably the most respected man in the town. His children are never wanting in the essentials of life, and they thrive at school.

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I guess I would say that the difference here is that a Cunningham and a Finch are good while a Ewell is pretty much of a disagreeable person.  The Ewells are really the major villains of the book.

The Cunninghams and the Finches are not completely alike.  The major difference is that the Finches are higher up in society and much better off economically.  But both have solid values and try to do their best in all ways.

By contrast, the Ewells are kind of trashy.  They do not seem to take showers very often.  They are not hard workers like the other two families.  They end up being violent as well.

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