To Kill A Mockingbird Family Analysis

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There are many different perspective of what a family should look like and in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, since it is presented in various styles. The Finch family, which includes Jean Louise Finch, also known as Scout, her brother Jeremy Atticus Finch who’s nickname is Jem and their father Atticus Finch. Many types of relationships are explored and forgotten in the duration of the story. Family can include relationships like blood ties, neighbours, and even strangers. This means that anyone can be family.

When referring to a family, one of the first thing that comes to mind is the ones that have a blood relation with each other. In this story, the character Scout only has a father, Atticus, and her brother Jem. They “ lived in the
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Dill is a boy from Meridian, Mississippi, which indicates that he is a visitor, and becomes a close friend with Jem and Scout. Scout is a great friends with Dill “until Jem and Dill excluded”(42) her from their plans. Some friendships are forgotten when others are included. Some relationships are like acquaintances like the one with Mr. Underwood and Atticus. Atticus is a lawyer and while guarding his client Tom Robinson who is a suspect in Mayella’s assault case, a mob comes and threatened him but, he tells his daughter that “even Mr. Underwood was there”(147) watching over so that nothing would have happened. Even if many are not close friends or family members, many acquaintances will help out when one is in trouble. Reverend Sykes, Jem and Scout do not have many interactions but still help each other out. The entire courtroom was full of people because of Mayella’s assault case, since Jem and Scout had nowhere to sit. Then Reverend Sykes called them upstairs to the colored balcony where “four negroes rose and gave”(164) them their “front-row-seats” (164). Reverend Sykes can see that they are genuine, respectful and understanding children, so he believes that they know how to behave them self and react appropriately when needed. Once someone starts trusting others, they will see that friends, acquaintances, and even strangers can become a part of a