From impacted Bob Ewell’s moral growth during

From birth, the different ideals and principles that you are taught result in and show what type of person you will be as you grow older. This is also known as moral growth. Many different factors go into your personal moral growth. It showed through the characters during the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Location and economic status impacted Bob Ewell’s moral growth during the novel. Family, along with experiences affected Scout’s growth. Where Bob Ewell lived and the family he was born into, definitely impacted his growth as a person throughout his life. He was born into the Ewell family who “had been the disgrace of Maycomb County for three generations” (Pg.30) Bob lived in an extremely poor area. He called the town dump his home. Along with being unwealthy, he was uneducated and spent all of his money on alcohol. This area affected his morality and worldly values in a few ways. He was not considered part of the “normal folk” in the town of Maycomb. Having little to nothing for both himself and the whole family definitely had a mental impact and caused him to think differently than everybody else regarding his general social being. Because of comments we saw him make throughout the novel, it was obvious that he was an uneducated man that heavily practiced racism. “‘I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella.'” (Pg.173) He didn’t care what he said to anyone else and also did not care how they would feel after. Although this was not uncommon for the time period, he was always far more extreme in sharing his opinions. We see that Bob allows his upbringing to plague him for the rest of his life because he never grows as a person for his own improvement. “‘This morning Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he’d get him back if it took rest of life.'” (Pg.217) It is obvious that Bob would never become a better person because of his background. He would still continue to try to make the lives of other people harder just because that is how his had always been.The way Scout was brought up affected the way she thought as she started to go through different experiences. At first she made no attempt to understand the world around her because it never had any affect on her life. She was raised in a time where socio economic and racial prejudice took place all around her. Unlike most adults in Maycomb, Scouts father taught her to believe that all people are people. It was hard for Scout to understand because many people shared different views. However, Atticus constantly reinforced the value of seeing past soley what you are told about someone. “‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it'” (Pg.30) Scout begins to grasp that concept more and more as she gets older. In many ways it is difficult on her to learn and understand why things happen the way they do. She does not understand the norm compared to what her father tells her. Eventually Scout begins to realize that maybe there is no reason for all that goes on. Jem tells her that people are divided into four categories. He divides them by race and social class. In turn Scout replies, “‘Naw, Jem, I think there is just one kind of folks. Folks.'” (Pg. 227) Based off of what Scout has been told and seen, she has now come to accept the reality that no matter how you figure it everyone is the same, we are all just people not matter what. “‘Atticus, he was real nice.’ ‘Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.'” (Pg.281) Because of Scout’s upbringing, she was able to understand the meaning of true humanity. She came to realize that the difference between people is not how much money they make or the color of their skin, but rather who they are on the inside. Moral growth is developed all throughout life. There are a number of things that influence and affect the way people see morality. Because of experiences, upbringing, or even the socio economics that surround a person, people view it entirely different. It is easy to think that morality can just be taught and that anyone can have it. But when we realize what it truly means to be moral, you see that it comes from a place of humanity and benevolence. And maybe after all, morality just simply comes from the heart.