To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Essay by usababe21High School, 10th grade May 2005

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There are so many different kinds of people in the world. There are as many different people as there are different relationships of parents with their children. People are raised in so many different ways. Many things play a part including the environment, the children's actions and the actions of the parents towards them. Some people are raised in very good manners, while others are raised in very unfortunate situations. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, shows many different relationships between parents and their children.

The relationship between Bob Ewell and his children is a good example of a bad relationship in the story. The environment that they live in is very poor. Their house is out by the dump and their cabin is in very poor condition. It is roofed in tin cans and is insulated by sheets of corrugated iron. Their yard is trashy and the only nice part of their house is the red geraniums that were in slop jars that were said to be his daughter Mayella's.

There are so many children that people aren't sure how many are running around. "Some people said six, others said nine; there were always serveral dirty faced ones at the windows when anyone passed by" (144). All of the Ewell kids are notorious for attending school on the first day and not coming back again until the first day next year. No one in the town cares including their father. None of the children are disciplined and Mayella is the only one who does anything around the house. Through the book it is made obvious that Bob Ewell doesn't treat his children very well. The family doesn't have money and whenever they do, he spends it on booze for himself. He doesn't have any respect for his children...



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