Americans as object, as something that can be controlled, was the societal norm in that time period. This discrimination occurred because no one knew anything different. Discrimination against class was mostly shown in the film to emphasize that even if whites were less educated and poor, they still held a higher status because of their skin color. For example when Jem invites Walter to their house for lunch. While eating their meal, Walter pours molasses on his vegetables and meat (Mulligan). Walter Cunningham pours syrup all over his vegetables and meat because he doesn't know any better, he doesn't know where his next meal will come from, he rarely ever gets sweets. This
Patino 3 shows how the Cunninghams are less fortunate then the Finches but are still respected and are allowed to sit at the dinner table for the reason that they are white. In addition, Bob Ewell’s is always seen in a dirty and unpleasant appearance continuously throughout the film for the reason that he lives in poor conditions and has a low status (Mulligan). Even though Bob Ewell's shares similarities with the African American community he was still treated with higher regard because he is white. This shows that African Americans were always seen as lower class because they were once ruled by white and will not be treated with the same respect as white lower classes Discrimination against gender is mostly shown through the character of Scout.