To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird

In the widely known novel To Kill A Mockingbird there are two families

that are very diverse and are text book examples of complete opposites

on the moral ladder of success. The Cunninghams and the Ewells have

two very distinct and opposite reputations. The Cunninghams which are

very respected while the Ewells very much despised. The Ewells are

given the privilege to hunt out of season, so that the residents of

the small town of Maycomb would not have to tolerate their continuous

begging twenty-four hours a day for seven days a week. These two

families show the respectability of hard workers or, in the Ewells

case, can fill their peers with sorrow. The Cunninghams have pride,

as for the Ewells, they have a natural like anarchist nature that will

eventually haunt them and hurt others because of their lurid like


The Cunningham's are very respected by the citizen's of Maycomb

county. The Cunninghams took nothing, unless they could pay it back.

Walter the youngest in the Cunningham clan was in the same class at

school as Scout Finch the daughter of Atticus Finch. While in school,

a fresh young new school teacher known as Miss Caroline did not know

the reputations of the predecessors of these two children. In what

looked like a good day for the rookie teacher quickly turned into

complete disarray and a total adversity trip for the teacher. Walter

Cunningham being raised in a very hard working environment was taught

not to take what he could not pay back. The teacher obviously did not

know about his background in the most minute way and embarrassed him

extensively by almost demanding him to take some lunch money. Knowing

that he could not pay Miss Caroline back in the way that she had in

mind he knew that he could take the money which he wanted to take so

bad. Walter eventually ended up eating with the Finch's. While

eating at the Finch's he did not know what to do with all of the food

that they have offered to him. For example he drowned his waffles in

a lake of syrup. Bob Ewell's son, Burris was also faced in the same

way but in an total opposite direction and purpose. The same day as

the Walter Cunningham incident there was another incident concerning

the Ewells. Burris had "cooties." A "cootie" came frantically

flying out of the assumed Afro of Burris's hair, and scared the

overseer of the class, Miss Caroline. Miss Caroline quickly demanded

that Burris go home and wash and scrub his hair with Kerosine. Burris

coming from what seemed like a broken home and he had no pride so, he

told the teacher off, made her cry, threatened her, and then left.

The Cunninghams are given special privileges. Cunninghams paid

Atticus for some legal work that Atticus did with their farm, they

paid him with food, and other services. The population of Maycomb

county excepted this because they know that the family is very loyal,

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