Walter vs. Burris to Kill a Mockingbird

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Britney Holloway
May 16, 2008
Clarke 6
Walter vs. Burris

Poverty in America is not always was the way people think it is. To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee is based greatly on bigotry. Especially for the two families the Cunningham’s and the Ewell’s. Walter Cunningham and Burris Ewell react at Poverty in very different ways. Walter Cunningham had on “a clean shirt and neatly mended overalls” (19) showing that he wants to do well in school, that he has a caring family that has a sense of pride. Walters “face told everyone in the first grade he had hookworms”(19) This statement shows that Walter lives on a farm with dirty animals, and Walters family can not afford shoes. Other than that, Walter’s family can not afford to fix the frailly simple problem. “The reason I can’t pass the first grade, is I have to stay out every spring an’ help my papa’ with the choppin” (24) The Cunningham’s have little money and where that comes from is mostly coming from the farm that they work on, so if Walter is needed to stay home and make money his parents can not help but keep him from school. Even though they wish they could let Walter stay at home it is just not an option. Walter and his family have some money but “he had probably never seen three quarters together at the same time in his life” (20) Walters family had money issues but, being a Cunningham they never let there pride down and never thought twice about why or what they were doing because they were always careful on what they did. Burris on the other hand, walked into school with “his neck was dark grey, the back of his hands were rusty and his fingernails were black to the quick” (57) Burris came to the first day of school dirtier than a pig and didn’t care about his appearance and his dad Bob Ewell probably did not either. Walter unlike Burris has a caring and loving family that supports and wants him to do well in life, just they can not afford it. Burris and his family do not care...
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