The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee contain a very engaging family who are the Cunninghams. The Cunninghams are very poor; they are people who live in the woods. They are a family who depend highly on crops. Walter Cunningham, the 'father' of the family has to work hard on the cultivation of crops because crops is the only form of wages for them. The Cunninghams have no money. Their only way to survive is through paying others with their crops.
The Cunninghams are not main characters in the book, but they are characters who 'brought out' other characters' personality. Harper Lee displays that there is a lot of prejudice going on in Maycomb by putting the Cunninghams in the book. 'The Cunninghams [were] country folks, farmers' (21) who are very honest people in Maycomb, they 'never took anything they [could not] pay back' (23), but they are unfairly mistreated by part of the society in Maycomb. The Cunninghams are very poor people, but very honest as well.
The Cunninghams have no money at all, as Scout was describing them, ' [they] have probably never seen three quarters together at the same time in [their] life' (23). It is certain that the Cunninghams live a poor life, but that does not stop them from being honest. The Cunninghams do not take anything from anyone if they do not have a way to repay them. In the class when Ms. Caroline was giving Walter a coin, Walter did not take it because he knew that it was impossible to reimburse her. I judged that it is really mature for a child to act that way. I also admired how the Cunninghams were able to endure by giving crops to people as a form of payment.
When Atticus helps Sr. Walter with his entailment, Walter does not pay him back with money, but with crops. The Cunninghams are mistreated by part of the society in Maycomb. Aunt Alexandra, who mistreats them the most, is prejudiced toward the Cunninghams, she does not like them. She thinks that her reputation, and social status are going to be stained if Scout plays with Walter Jr... Scout wants to invite Walter over, but Aunt Alexandra does not like Walter, she says that they are folks from different class. She thinks it is best if they do not see each other.
She once talks to Scout about how different they are, 'Because - he - is - trash, that's why you can't play with him. I'll not have you around him, picking up his habits and learning Lord-knows-what. ' (225). Aunt Alexandra, unlike the Finches, is completely prejudiced to the Cunninghams. It is hard for a family like the Cunninghams to have people that are prejudice to them because of the kind of folks they are.
They are honest people who I admire because they are very poor, and they had a way to survive by giving people their crops as money. I also thought that it is very mature of them not to receive anything from anyone if they do not have a way to repay them. It is a pity that people like Aunt Alexandra cannot see how great the Cunninhgams are. The Cunninghams are very poor, and honest people, but they are mistreated by part of the society.