The Characters Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1560 Words Mar 7th, 2016 7 Pages
“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Often times, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same,” - Jay Asher. Family is one thing that has a major impact on the lives of its members; every experience, disagreement, quarrel, and lesson learned really shapes the members of a family and makes them who they are.
Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is about the lives of the people of fictional Maycomb, Alabama as narrated by Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Scout tells about her own family consisting of her father Atticus, brother Jem, and their cook Calpurnia. She discloses the details on Tom Robinson’s corrupt trial, her summertime adventures with Jem and their friend Dill, their mysteriously scary neighbor Arthur “Boo” Radley, and other various encounters with people like motherly neighbor Miss Maudie, and morphine-addict Mrs. Dubose. Every person and family, not just in the story but in the real world as well, have their own unique thoughts, personalities, morals and beliefs. In her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows through various family situations that parents and caregivers truly do shape their children, and have a major influence the person that they grow up to be.
The first example of parental influence is one of negativity as displayed by the Ewell family. For instance, the Ewell’s have a poor home life, being deep in poverty and living in what is essentially a dump. However, Mr. Ewell is lazy, and does nothing…

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