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To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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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 at all, which is apparent in the Tom Robinson trial. We don't know for sure, but we can safely assume that Bob blamed Tom to cover up beating his daughter Mayella. During Atticus' questioning he brings it up, but Mayella doesn't respond. "Why don't you tell me the truth, child, didn't Bob Ewell beat you up?" (158). Time and time again in the book, he has demonstrated cruelty to his children. Bob Ewell doesn't have a good relationship with his children. Dill Harris also doesn't have a good relationship with his parents. The environment he has is a very poor one. Dill lives with his mom but he comes to Maycomb to stay with his Aunt Rachel in the summer. Dill's actions show his relationship with his parents as well. His mother and stepfather make him feel unwanted at his house. He runs away to the...

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