From the remarks Aunt Alexandra makes in the novel about the Cunningham family the reader can pick up the narrow-mindedness of the some of characters in the novel, and that in the time period the book was set, people just could not accept the fact that there were oloured people, people of different social status, and people who were just different in the sense they were not a stereotype of a Maycomb citizen, which characters like Aunt Alexandra show.
However the Cunninghams were never as bad as what the Ewell family was depicted as.
Harper Lee may also use prejudice to give people a ‘feeling of reality’, so the readers feel as if they were present at the time period the book was written in.
The author could also be telling us that the whole concept of prejudice, is everywhere in society, whether it is in the time period when the novel was written or today.
There were big divisions of people’s social status in Maycomb.
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For example Aunt Alexandra was constantly making remarks about how high class the Finch family was.
Harper Lee also suggests to the reader, to be judgmental of a character of Boo Radley’s nature is expected of not only residents in Maycomb, but in general it is human nature.
Even though a fair majority of the Maycomb residents are severely prejudice, there are a few people who look beneath the surface of different individuals and groups. Even though Atticus does make comments about being “common” this character is presented in the novel to be wise understanding of most situations.
They were “white trash” and they were very poorly educated.
By using the words “white trash”, Harper Lee has manipulated the reader into thinking that the Ewell family was so low in the social circle that they didn’t deserve to be called people.