To Kill a Mockingbird Character Analysis

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To Kill a Mockingbird, set in the Deep South of America in a small town called Maycomb, located in Alabama, explores the early 1930's and the racism that existed in that period of racial divide. As a coloured women in 'To Kill a Mockingbird', Calpurnia shows us the point of view from a coloured persons perspective. In the safety of the Finches' home, she offers a motherly figure and has basically raised the children, Jem and Jean Louise (or Scout). She is Atticus Finches' loyal and reserved 'slave', but she is treated better than most other black people, and it is fair to say that she is treated like a white woman. On the other hand, when she mixes with people of her own race (at Sunday church etc), we see a complete different side of her. She becomes more familiarised with her surroundings and she is much more comfortable around the citizens of her own race. Due to the segregation laws at the time of the Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell case, he is labelled as guilty of the rape of Mayella Ewell, but we can assume that because of the period of time that this text is set in, he was never going to get away free of harm, despite the fact that he is an innocent man. After Tom Robinson wrongly cops the blame for raping Mayella Ewell, we can assume that the Ewell family is an abusive and incest family. As victims of The Depression, they are considered 'dirt poor' and in heirachy are only above the coloured folks because they are white. Bob Ewell, who raped his own daughter Mayella, is a heavy alcholic and we eventually see him (despite the verdict) feel that Atticus and the judge have made a fool out of him, and he wants revenge. He menaces Tom Robinson’s widow, tries to break into the judge’s house, and then he finally attacks Jem and Scout as they walk home from a Halloween party. The Cunninghams on the other hand, are still considered victims of the Depression,but

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