1930's TKAM Research Project

Life in the 1930's!


“But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal—there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president.”

(Lee, pg. 274)

The reason Harper Lee chose to use Rockefeller in the book as shown above was because Rockefeller was a rich man. Atticus explains how all men are equal no matter if you are a non-intelligent or Einstein, and a poor man compared to Rockefeller. She simply states the opposite person was created as equally as the other.

Allusions from the 1930's!

"Let the Cup Pass From You"

"I'd hope to get through life without a case of this kind, but John Taylor pointed at me and said, "You're It" "Let this cup pass from you, eh?"(Lee, pg. 117) 'Let this cup pass from you' is a allusion to the bible because it involves Jesus' crucifixion. In Luke 22:42, Jesus says,"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." Jesus was asking God to reconsider his fate, which was his crucifixion. When Uncle Jack said, "Let this cup pass from you, eh?" He was saying how it was Atticus' fate to defend Tom Robinson, even though he wasn't looking forward to it.
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The Bible PREVIEW -- The Last Supper

WPA - Works Progress Administration

"The first thing was that Mr. Bob Ewell acquired and lost a job in a matter of days and probably made himself unique in the annals of the nineteen-thirties: he was the only man I ever heard of who was fired from the WPA for laziness."

The Ewells knew they were the lowest of the lowest families in Maycomb.The only thing that keeps their family name raised just above is that they are white. You can tell they all want to show people that they are better than they give them credit for, so they thought taking Tom Robinson to court would help make their 'family name' higher. Of course to Bob Ewell, there is nothing more helpful then to help defend his daughter. In his mind, the town should think him a hero for saving Maycomb's white women from a "dangerous" black man. But in the end, his daughter and himself have been completely fooled by Atticus, even if they had been proven not guilty, everyone in that courthouse knew he was.
Bob Ewell knows himself that the Tom Robinson case backfired on him. So instead he joins the WPA because it is an organization to help the unemployed. He is made even more of a fool because from the quote above, he got fired from being lazy. This goes to show that the Ewells (Bob himself) was not willing to help his family's name. Even if it meant helping out his family, he was just a sexually and physically abusive father and a drunkard.
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