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How does Priestley show that tension is at the heart of
the Birling family?
Priestley criticises the selfishness of people like the
Birling. What methods does he use
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Every town the size of Maycomb had families like the Ewells. No economic
fluctuations changed their status ­ people like the Ewells lived as guests of the
county in prosperity as well as in the depths of a depression. No truant officers
could keep their numerous offspring in school; no public health officer could free
them from congenital defects, various worms, and the diseases indigenous to filthy
Maycomb Ewells lived behind the town garbage dump in what was once a Negro
cabin. The cabin's plank walls were supplemented with sheets of corrugated iron,
its roof shingled with tin cans hammered flat, so only its general shape suggested its
original design: square, with four tiny rooms opening on to a shotgun hall, the cabin
rested uneasily upon four irregular lumps of limestone. Its windows were merely
open spaces in the walls, which in the summertime were covered with greasy strips
of cheesecloth to keep out the varmints that feasted on Maycomb's refuse.
The varmints had a lean time of it, for the Ewells gave the dump a thorough
gleaning every day, and the fruits of their industry (those that were not eaten)
made the plot of ground around the cabin look like the playhouse of an insane
child: what passed for a fence was bits of tree-limbs, broomsticks and tool shafts,
all tipped with rusty hammer-heads, snaggle-toothed rake heads, shovels, axes
and grubbing hoes, held on with pieces of barbed wire. Enclosed by this barricade
was a dirty yard containing the remains of a Model-T Ford (on blocks), a discarded
dentist's chair, an ancient ice-box, plus lesser items: old shoes, worn-out table
radios, picture-frames, and fruit jars, under which scrawny orange chickens pecked
One corner of the yard, though, bewildered Maycomb. Against the fence, in a
line, were six chipped-enamel slop jars holding brilliant red geraniums, cared for as
tenderly as if they belonged to Miss Maudie Atkinson, had Miss Maudie deigned to
permit a geranium on her premises. People said they were Mayella Ewell's.…read more

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How does Lee use details in this passage to present the
position of the Ewells in
Maycomb society?
How does Lee present Mayella Ewell in the novel as a
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