• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To Kill A Mockingbird.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

To Kill A Mockingbird The story To Kill a Mocking Bird is set in about the 1900s, and like now there were many different types of families, some of which had stereotypes due to appearance and history. Some families did not care and still do not about what other people think about what they do, but about if it seems right to them. These families also did not try to behave in a way that was socially accepted, and instead stuck to their own morals. The opposite stereotype is that which act upon the socially accepted standards and morals. Another family stereotype in the novel is the sort that does the best with what they have even if it is nor much and people look down upon them. In the story these three types of stereotypes seem well portrayed in the Finches, Ewells, and Cunninghams. The Finch family within the story, with Atticus as a single parent, portrays a family based upon social acceptance, a good historical background and chivalry. Atticus Finch raises two children on his own due to his wife dying outside of the story, this means that his two children Jem and Scout do not remember their mother very well and Scout does not remember her at all. ...read more.

Middle

Though not having a mother figure also affects him in that in the beginning he has no respect for the way Scout should dress and act as a lady and not only does not try to stop it but also encourages it as he plays with her in the earlier scenes. Towards the middle of the book having Aunt Alexandra as a mother influence helps Jem to realize Scout's role as a lady. "It's time you started bein a girl and actin' right!" (p. 115) Other than the Finches another main type of family stereotype is the Ewell family, a disgrace to the town of Maycomb, living in poverty and ignorance. Robert Ewell, the main Ewell that we learn about in the story is disliked by many of the community as he finds it very hard to get along with people and his behaviour and moral standards are different to that of the rest of Maycomb. He lives with his seven children in an area where mostly Negroes live, in an old, dirty dilapidated home behind the city rubbish dump. ...read more.

Conclusion

"The Cunninghams never took anything they could not pay back" (p.20) Mr Cunningham is the leader of the mob that tries to come and get Tom Robinson before the trial. Mr Cunningham shows that he is still a human when Scout comes and talks to him and unintentionally persuades him not to get Tom Robinson. "Let's clear out, lets get going, boys." (p.154). The Cunningham family never borrow or take anything they can not pay back, we know this as in the story Mr. Finch did some entailments for Mr. Cunningham and so Mr. Cunningham paid him back with food. The Finches, Ewells, and Cunninghams, all families in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, have many similarities and differences. The Ewells and Cunninghams, both poor, seem different in that the Ewells display ignorance and do not really care what others think of them, and the Cunninghams display good mannerisms. The Finches and Cunninghams both posses very good manners, but the Cunninghams live in poverty whereas the Finches seem "comfortable." The Ewells and the Finches have almost nothing in common. Of the many types of families in the mid 1900s, the Finches, Ewells, and the Cunninghams seem to be the three main types. Word count = 987 Sam Allen English 10LJG 10T To Kill a Mocking Bird 09/05/07 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Harper Lee section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Harper Lee essays

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird Full Summary

    his case is nearly hopeless and the majority of the town is against him. According to Atticus's definition, he and Mrs. Dubose are both brave, even heroic, and he wants the children to follow their example. Even though Mrs. Dubose is a mean and bigoted old woman, she has her good side that demands respect.

  2. Prejudice in To Kill a Mocking Bird

    Symbol for Boo Radley and Tom Robinson is not drawn together until the very end of the book where Scout realises that the public exposure of Boo would be "sort of like shootin' a mockingbird". Both characters show kindness: Boo to the children and Tom to Mayella Both are innocent:

  1. To Kill a Mocking Bird Continuation.

    Immediately after Mr. Ewell says this, Scout describes Mr. Ewell having a sudden lease of confidence rush through him as he seems to think he has conquered Atticus. Straight after Scout's description, Atticus asks Mr. Ewell whether he can read or write. In his huge humiliation to the question, Mr.

  2. Atticus Finch & Silas Marner - Good Parents?

    He professes Tom's innocence; by doing this Atticus tells the people of Maycomb blacks have rights that should be respected. Atticus Finch chooses to fight against the tradition of Maycomb with traditions of his own. Atticus is able to honourably defend Tom Robinson and promote new traditions for himself and his children.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work