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The Social History Of Maycomb Maycomb is said to have a very ridged social structure Some people would describe it as a social triangle In this piece of work I will try to explain that structure using comments made by Jem At the top of the social pyramid are the people that Jem describes as the normal folk like themselves and the neighbours These people would include Miss Stephanie Mrs Dubose The Radleys and Miss Maudie However we have found out that the Radleys are considered outsiders from the community because they dont tend to socialise Jem and Scout had never seen any of the Radleys outside their house until he saw Boo Radley or Arthur Radley one night when Miss Maudies house catches on fire The next people down on the social scale are the people who are Like the cunninghams out in the woods These people are quite poor but still have self respect and certain rules For instance on Jems first day at school Walter Cunningham has no lunch so his teacher offers to lend him some money to run down to the shops for food However he does not accept the money because he know he cant pay her back Below the Cunnighams are the people such as the Ewells These are people who live down in the dumps and have special rules that they live by Rules such as they can hunt all year round and keep what they kill Also Burris Ewell and the other Ewell children only have to go to school for one day each year They dont care what people think of them and they live their lives however they want At the bottom of the ladder are the blacks In the story we dont here much about the blacks except that Atticus is defending one in court Because of this Atticus is called a nigger lover by some members
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