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To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 13 Quotes
Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 13 Quotes
By Stephen Horn and Kevin Huang
"Somewhere I had received the impression that fine folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had ".
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It's a Mockingbird.
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Scout is saying that whether someone is worthy of respect does not have anything to do with their race or background, or if that person is rich or poor but is rather based on whether they try and work hard or not. For example, the Cunninghams, while are poor as the Ewells, are respected unlike the Ewells because they try to do the best that they can with what they have. This fits the theme of racism and class prejudice that is prevalent in To Kill a Mockingbird, as Scout says that one’s race and social class should not matter, especially in deciding whether someone is worthy of respect and how one should be treated. However, the way most people in Maycomb County treat others of different races or lower classes goes against what Scout is saying.
"It grew inward. New people so rarely settled there, the same families married the same families, until the members of the community looked fairly alike".
This quote is Scout showing the way that people lived at that time in the rural south in small towns like Maycomb County. In the 1930’s, not very many people lived in rural Alabama, and few people moved in. Eventually, because there weren’t very many people there in Maycomb County, the same families would marry the same families until everyone was somewhat related. The theme of southern way of life, as shown with how close knit the town is and how everyone seems to mind each other’s business is shown by Scout in this quote.
"Your Aunt Alexandra asked me…son, you know you’re a Finch, aren’t you?"
Atticus, although he doesn't agree with what he is saying, has been forced by Aunt Alexandra to explain how important one’s family is to how one is treated in society at the time. It implies that someone would be worthy of more respect and has to act more dignified just because they belong to a particular family. This also relates to how Aunt Alexandra says that Atticus is going to disgrace the “family name” as he defends Tom Robinson. The themes of southern way of life and class prejudice are shown in this quote.
"I don’t want you to remember. Forget it."
Atticus is turning his back on the way life has always been lived in the South saying that, no, it isn't really important what your surname is, how rich you are, or what race you are and that everyone should be treated equally. He says that Scout and Jem don't have to remember what Finches are "supposed" to do Scout and Jem also begin to realize that it is wrong to judge people based on what family and social class they belong to as Scout and Jem grow more mature. Defying the principles that people have always lived by in the south takes moral courage.
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