Mrs. CrewsEnglish 10 3B1 March 2004The Social Class Structure in To Kill A MockingbirdThesis Statement: In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee portrays thestrict social class structure in the 1930’s through characters such asAtticus Finch, Scout Finch, Tom Robinson and others in order to helpexplain the problems with gender and racial roles in society during thistime.
I. MenA. Male Characters in the Novel1. Atticus Fincha. His openness to different opinionsb. Tries to “walk in other’s shoes” (3.3)1.
Walter Cunninghama.His farming businessb.Low income3.Bob Ewella.Wants to improve his social standingb.Lies about Tom Robinson raping MayellaB.The male dominated society during the 1930’s1.Men’s role in community and in their homes2.
Feeling of dominance over women and African Americans insocietyII.WomenA. Female characters in the novel1.Aunt Alexandra and the Missionary Ladiesa.Talk about the African tribe, Mruanasb.Female powerlessness which causes the attitudes ofSouthern ladies2.Mayella Ewella.
Has to care for her siblingsb.Gets abused by her father3.Scout Fincha.Her tomboy natureb.
Learns to become more like a young lady by AuntAlexandraB. The lack of women’s rights in the 1930’s1. The Nineteenth Amendmenta. Continue to think women only belong in church clubsb. Goes against the South’s view of well-mannered ladies2.
Early Suffragette Movement II. The African AmericansA. The black community and characters in the novel1.Characteristics of the black community2.
The First Purchase African M. E. Church a.
Only place for worship for the black people b. Only four people in the church can readB. The prejudices towards blacks during the 1930’s1. The Scottsboro trials3. Lynch mobs