To Kill A Mockingbird Character Study-Walter Cunningham

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To Kill A Mockingbird Character Study-Walter Cunningham Walter Cunningham [junior] comes from the well respected, poor farming family, the Cunninghams, who are considered in the middle of society, above blacks and the Ewells, yet below Atticus. He attends school along side Scout Finch, and is the son of Walter Cunningham [senior] and seems to represent a general poor, poverty stricken child in Maycomb County. Walter Cunningham, being brought up in a very hard working environment, in agriculture, where not too much money is made, was taught not to take what he could not pay back. At school Miss Caroline obviously did not know about his background and embarrassed Walter by almost demanding him to take some lunch money from her. When Walter refuses to take the quarter but Miss Caroline insists, Scout interrupts, "…you'll get to know all the county folks after a while. The Cunninghams never took anything they can't pay back—no church baskets and not scrip stamps. They never took anything off of anybody; they get along on what they have. They don't have much, but they get along on it". Miss Caroline is shocked at Scout’s rudeness; ‘ You're starting out on the wrong foot in every way, my dear", and sends her out of her lesson. In her rage, Scout grabs Walter Cunningham and starts a fight. Jem manages to stop the fight and to apologise invites Walter over to the Finch house for lunch. Walter agrees and the three of them make their way home. While eating at the Finch's Walter did not know what to do with all of the food that they have offered to him as he does not eat so well at home, for example Walter asks Calpurnia for syrup which he then drowns his waffles in! Scout, in a strop with Walter mentions this odd behaviour; "what in the same hill he's
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