Family Structures In To Kill A Mockingbird

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# 2. There are six key family structures presented in To Kill a Mocking Bird. They are the Finch, Ewell, Radley, Robinson, Cunningham families and lastly Dill’s family, his mother, stepfather and Aunt Rachel. I take the question, “What would be considered the normal American family based on this book?” means what was a normal American family based on the time in which this story is set, the 1930s. It would be the Robinson and possibly the Cunningham families, though we never learn much about the Cunningham’s except that they are poor farmers with a strong sense of pride. Because the Finch family consists only of Atticus, Jem and Scout many people, including relatives and those throughout the community, are critical of Atticus and the way he is raising Jem, who is 9 and Scout, who is 6 when the story opens. The story is told in flashback through the eyes of Scout and it is Scout who learns the most from her relationship with her father, whom both she and Jem call Atticus. Jem and Scout’s mother died when Scout was just a baby and she doesn’t really remember her. She relies on Jem to tell her things about their mother. The children consider Atticus to be old compared to other parents. What I discovered however, is that a single father, who is patient and treats their children as individuals, can raise their children to develop into caring adults. Scout learns to respect others by discovering the reality of Boo Radley. She learns that courage doesn’t always have to be about fighting, courage can mean standing up for what is right in the face of danger as exhibited by Atticus defending Tom Robinson a black man accused of raping a white woman, defending him against the mob at the jail without a weapon, and not fighting Bob Ewell who threatened to “get even with him” when he spit in Atticus face. She learns how wrong prejudice is when Atticus clearly proves that Tom
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