Family Is Not An Important Thing, It 's Everything Essay

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Family in To Kill a Mockingbird “Family is not an important thing, it’s everything,” stated Michael J. Fox. Family is a meaningful theme in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which is written by Harper Lee. The main characters are Scout, Jem, and Atticus, their father. The setting takes place in a small town called Maycomb County in Alabama. Scout and Jem have to deal with the problems that occur because of Atticus’s trial. Atticus is prosecuting a black man in a racist society. Atticus tries to show his kids how to do the right things. Harper Lee uses characterization in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird to show the importance of family and the importance of how parents choose to raise their kids. A family with a hostile environment is the Ewells. Scout is talking to Atticus because she does not want to go to school. She says that she does not have to go to school because the Ewells only come to school once a year. Atticus explains that their family is different because “Bob Ewell… was permitted to hunt and trap out of season” (Lee 41). Bob uses the money from his relief checks to buy alcohol because he is an alcoholic. However, he should be feeding his children instead of buying alcohol. His children do not go to school because they have to help out at home. Mayella portrays a parental status when she takes care of her siblings. She has to take on this role because her mom is dead and her dad is an alcoholic. Another example of the Ewells occurs after Tom Robinson is found…

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