Madison Yancey Mr. DiehlEnglish 11126 January 2018To Kill a Mockingbird What are sources of enmity and how do they interact with Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird? According to sources reviewed, a source of enmity is anything that can cause enmity which is the extreme hatred and anger towards someone. There are many sources of enmity demonstrated, shown, in To Kill a Mockingbird, but three notorious, well-known, ones are social prejudice, mistrust, and racial prejudice. Theses sources are incredibly important and create a huge impact on the novel and its level of depth. Social prejudice plays a major role in the novel. A remarkable example of social prejudice is the Maycomb residents towards the Cunninghams. The Cunninghams are a poverty-stricken family, a father and son. Due to the Cunningham’s lack of wealth they are often receiving scorn and patronization, being talked down to. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Walter Cunningham, the son of Mr. Cunningham who’s Scout’s age, is offered money for lunch by Miss Caroline Fisher, the new first grade teacher, which he declines thus bringing the confusion as to why (Lee, 19-20). Another family that suffered strife and social inequality due to destitute, poor, lives are the Ewells. While the Cunninghams are considered indigent, penniless, the Ewells have less money than they do. However, while the Ewells have less than the Cunninghams, but a contributing factor to that is the fact that Bob Ewell, the father of the household, spends the money on alcohol. The Ewells are hated by residents of Maycomb County; they are proven to be liars and are thought to be trash, and Bob Ewells is considered a drunk, abusive, and lazy man (Lee 226). Another character that is involved in social prejudice is Aunt Alexandra, Atticus sister and Scout and Jem’s aunt. However, unlike the Cunninghams and the Ewells, Aunt Alexandra is the one making socially prejudice comments. Aunt Alexandra makes several comments on the people of Maycomb. She said that everyone had a streak that was common throughout their family like a drinking, nosy, and funny streak (Lee, 129).. She also believes that Scout should not associate with Walter Cunningham simply due to his social status (Lee, 223-225). While there are plenty example of social prejudice and inequality show throughout the book whether the it be on the giving or receiving end these are exceptional cases. Another source of enmity is mistrust which is an emotion shown innumerable times within the story. An exceptional example would be the character Arthur Radley better known as Boo Radley. Boo Radley is a recluse with a heart of gold, but his introverted, shy, nature has led to the distasteful rumors. The rumors came about because of the curiosity and the lack of knowledge which led to ridiculous accusations for example, Jem describes Boo as a monstrous being (Lee, 8-9). Works Cited”Definition of ‘enmity’.” Enmity definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary, www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/enmity. “Enmity.” Dictionary.com, Dictionary.com, www.dictionary.com/browse/enmity. “Enmity.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enmity.