To Kill a Mockingbird, Summer assignment, sophomore honors english, new.docx

Participation sense of belonging or lack thereof

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participation; sense of belonging (or lack thereof) Textual Evidence (TE) Commentary (CM) “‘Alexandra, Calpurnia’s not leaving this house until she wants to. . . . She’s a faithful member of this family” (Lee 182). For many people, family is just another word for relatives. However, for Atticus, family means more than just people who he is biologically related to. His family is made up of all those who he knows he can rely on in his life, people that have always been there for him. Calpurnia has been a member of the Finch family for years, and he feels as much love and responsibility for her as he does his own children. Aunt Alexandra is baffled by Atticus’s attitude towards his maid because it is so vastly different from her own sense of family. "As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it —whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash” (Lee 295). Atticus is teaching Scout that while it is typical for the people in Maycomb to judge a person based on their family, race, or reputation, it is not something that she should do. He’s teaching her that a person should be judged instead on their actions and on how they treat other people. The sense of community Scout has grown up with is shifting. She’s beginning to see how her community is flawed in their treatment of
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people. “I mean in Maycomb county. The thing about it is, our kind of folks don’t like the Cunninghams, the Cunninghams don’t like the Ewells, and the Ewells hate and despise colored folks” (Lee 258). Here in the novel, a new side of Maycomb is shown. This quote is an example of the community and how throughout the town there are feuds and problems between families and individuals. Maycomb is not just a simple town of everyone with the same opinions and all getting along. Atticus is explaining to Scout how in communities such as Maycomb, sometimes people have different beliefs, choices and ways they live. This creates a division throughout the society. Almost as if there were social classes. Atticus points out to Scout how not everyone always likes one another because of their differences. “Somewhere, I had received the impression that Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had, but Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion, obliquely expressed, that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was” (Lee 173) From Scouts point of view, fine folk were people who did the best they could with what sense they had. Whereas from Aunt Alexandra understanding, she bases fine folk on family history. Scout see’s people and judges them by their choices and actions, rather than seeing quality as a function of time more than anything else. This here shows how drastically different the community in Maycomb is. Showing two households and the difference in how each was raised. This quote is an important point in
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