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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.


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.


"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.

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