To Kill a Mockingbird

Discuss the role of family in To Kill a Mockingbird, paying close attention to Aunt Alexandra.

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I suppose we can pick two extremes here. The Ewell family is destined or catastrophe. The family, if you can call it that, is always in a state of sordid poverty and dysfunction. Bob Ewell is the father and is perpetually drunk and unemployed. His relationship with his daughter Mayella is questionable in the most horrid sense imaginable. Their destiny is bleak. Atticus and his family, I include Calpurnia, is progressive, empathetic and bright. Atticus has fostered a very human atmosphere that teaches his kids the very meaning of loyalty, dignity and courage. Their destiny is the polar opposites of the Ewells. The Finch family means hope for the American South and people in general.Although Aunt Alexandra seems rather corpulent at first, we find that many of her values around family loyalty and staying strong under pressure are shared. In the end she supports her brother despite what the whites in the town say or do.

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