How Atticus in To Kill A Mockingbird does not fit the stereotypes of the community.

Essay by dmcrae February 2005

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Maycomb, a small town south of Alabama, is where this Pulitzer prize winning novel is set. In this essay, I will be looking at the characters in the novel who don't fit the stereotypes of the very stereotypical Maycomb County.

The people and family's have various classes within the very much middle class community. This hierarchy is somewhat overcomplicated, and this constantly baffles the children. The fairly well-off Finches are near the top of Maycombs social hierarchy. The ignorant and very much poor Cunningham family lye below most of the townspeople, whilst the "white trash" Ewell family sit below the Cunningham's .Even though the black community have an abundance of admiral qualities, they sit below even the Ewells, thus inviting Bob Ewell to get full of his own self importance by taking Tom Robinson to court, over the alleged rape he committed on his daughter. The children find all of this very strange, as when Aunt Alexandria does not allow Scout to socialise with Walter Cunningham, it seems as if she would not let Scout, who comes from a respectful family which is quite well off, drop into the lower division of which "the ignorant" Walter Cunningham comes from.

Lee does well to emphasis, with all the racism and stereotypes Maycomb is associated with, the slow paced, good natured feel of life in the Deep South. Maycomb is a close knit community who look after each other. A good example of this, is when Miss Maudies house goes on fire, this terrible thing is met with the good spirit of the community to come together in the middle of the night to try and save her possessions.

Atticus is a very prominent citizen in Maycomb County. Atticus is very respected in the town. He is related to almost...