Contemporary Australian Cultural Issues in the works of Harper Lee

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Harper lee examines key cultural issues in her novel to kill a mockingbird, such as racism, socio-economic status and prejudice. These issues are still relevant to contemporary Australian society. She examines these issues throughout her book in many different ways, from many different points of view and from many different opinions from the characters in the book.
The book is set in a small town called Maycomb in America and takes place during the depression years. The town of Maycomb is a town which is old and is not well looked after and is described as dirty in the book. The people who live in and around Maycomb on farms are poor people, as a result of the depression.
The main characters of the book are the finches. The Finch family
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She is furious with Scout and says to her “there’s some folks who don’t eat like us,” “but you ain’t called on to contradict ‘em at the table when they don’t. That boys yo’ comp’ny, and if he wants to eat up the table cloth you let him, you hear.” Then Scout says “but Cal he’s just a Cunningham. Cal then tells Scout to hush her mouth and says to her that she and her family may be better than the cunninghams but that doesn’t mean you disgrace them for what they are.
This is an issue, socio-economic status because just because Walter may be poorer and may act differently to the Finch’s, doesn’t mean he is any different from them.
Socio-economic status is still a contemporary issue in Australia today. An example of this is homeless and underprivileged people who are discriminated against because of their socio-economic status. They may be poorer than some people and may act differently to them but does this make them different or bad people? No they are the same as everybody else with the exception they cannot afford the stuff that other people can.
This issue can also be seen at school, It is seen nearly everyday. Kids who cannot afford expensive shoes or schoolbag or who look scrubby may get teased because of this. They may not be able to help this because, they may not be able to afford to buy these things, or get a haircut but this does not make them bad people, but some people just don’t care, and they get discriminated against for what they cannot help.

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