Essay on What Does The Kill A Mockingbird? By Harper Lee

1148 Words Apr 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Classism is assumed to be determined by the amount of money a person has. A person’s wallet seems more visible than their heart. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the reader is told about a young girl, Scout, growing up in South Alabama in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. Her father is a respected lawyer who is assigned to defend an African American accused of raping a white girl. The trial for the case finally comes up, and the man’s legal status is decided. After he’s killed in jail, there are following events that affects people differently. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee uses characterization to suggest that the amount of money a person owns, does not equal the amount of integrity they have. In the beginning of the story, Lee introduces two families that belong to a low class, to show how different they are regardless of being poor. After Scout and her brother, Jem, keep finding food and others goods in their yard, their father, Atticus, explains that Mr. Cunningham is paying him that way. In Atticus’ words, “Because that’s the only way he can pay me. He has no money” (21). This shows that Mr. Cunningham finds a way to pay his loans, even if it’s not with cash, but instead he shows his sense of responsibility and respect. When Scout’s teacher, Miss Caroline, offers Walter Jr. Cunningham money to get lunch, he refuses to accept it. As the narrator states, “The Cunninghams never took anything they can’t pay back…They don’t have much, but they get…

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