The Unfairness of Life - "To Kill a Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee

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Life is tough enough without having barriers in one's way such as; being a social outcast, a victim of racism, or having to suffer due to poverty. Three of the characters from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird were born into facing versions of those barriers. The characters include Walter Cunningham, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson. These less fortunate people in the novel are forced to deal with serious harsh realities of life, and the way they deal with them diversifies from victim to victim.

Walter Cunningham was without a doubt a kind, honest man with hopes and dreams just like most people. He, unfortunately had to deal with the problem of poverty. The Cunningham family was one of the poorest in Maycomb County. 'Not exactly. The Cunninghams are country folks, farmers, and the crash hit them hardest.' (Lee, 21) He, like others during this time period were suffering from The Great Depression, and unfortunately there was nothing he could do about it.

Although the Cunninghams are poor, that doesn't mean they appreciate help from others. In fact they are embarrassed to take charity. The Cunninghams are too proud to take anything without paying or working for it. 'Your shamin'

him, Miss Caroline. Walter hasn't got a quarter at home to bring you, and you can't use any stovewood.' (21) When Miss Caroline offers the money to Walter, Scout quickly steps in, trying to save her from an embarrassing moment. The Cunningham's financial situation is hard enough for Walter. He no doubt feels as if it's his fault, he has let the family down. 'We brought him home for dinner one time...' (154) This quote may seem offensive to Walter, saying he can't provide enough food so his son has to go

else where for dinner. All these...