In society it seems as if economic or social classes are creating obstacles between people. They tend to make people unequal and judge them by their race or wealth, maybe even both. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is one of the many books out there that teaches readers about giving kids the right mindset and not letting the society take over their opinions. The novel, which takes place during the 1930s of the Great Depression allows the audience to see the hardships characters face due to social judgement in this period of economic turmoil. Throughout the novel, the audience notices that social classes are what impacts the novel’s events and character choices. Therefore, social classes don’t only affect someone’s true identity, but also the lives of themselves and people around them. Along with class status, racism was involved in Maycomb county where the community’s racial prejudice against Tom Robinson had caused them to name Tom guilty before even going on trial. Throughout the novel racism is encountered making white people seem superior to blacks which cause segregation. Atticus Finch representing Tom Robinson makes Scout and Jem, his children, feel isolated because a white, high class man is defending a black man. Atticus did not accept the case only because he was given it but also because he was a wise man and father wanting to stop racism and attempting to find justice. “The court appointed Atticus to defend him,” the narrator wrote.”Atticus aimed to defend him. That’s what they didn’t like about it” (15.218). Due to the segregation, whites did not agree with Atticus’s decision because his social class is not supposed to interact with other lower classes, meaning that just because Tom is black he has no chance of winning the case due to majority rules. That had made Atticus the talk-of-the-town and a respected man because he fights for what is right no matter what society thinks. Even though he knew they were going to lose the case, Atticus still tries everything to ensure that Tom gets a fair trial and allow it to express equality. Such as when Atticus stood up to protect Tom in the Maycomb County Jail from the violence, he also showed he fights for justice when he shot the mad dog that had previously represented racism in the community as a disease. I had read that ‘in the silence Scout heard the glasses crack. Atticus rubbed his eyes and chin; Jem and Scout saw him blink hard” (15.127). This connects to saying the glasses occlude justice because they were fogged meaning that justice is blind, and in order to ever be justice in America the glasses must be taken off. The cracked glasses mean the system is not fair; it’s shattered by a wall of segregation and ignorance of unwillingness which is why Atticus wants to take them off. The shooting represents racism ending, and Atticus rubbing his eyes means that justice will be clear. Since Atticus is a lawyer and part of the civilized high class, he takes advantage of it to fight for what he thinks is right impacting Jem’s and Scout’s growing experience, as well as the county’s view on his family. Through this main event, being the Tom Robinson case, readers get a look at Maycomb’s true identity and how it affects the town’s relationship. Another character in this novel showing segregation between class status is Walter Cunningham. Walter, one of Scout’s classmates, was invited as a guest to a Finch family dinner where it is learned that even though the Cunninghams live in privation, they don’t depend on others and are proud of their work. Walter has not been a guest before and so his behavior in the dinner table shows that his family and he are in the low class socially and economically. Their class disparity is displayed when Walter pours gravy over his dinner showing no manners and Scout judging the way he eats. People in Maycomb view the Cunninghams as uncivilized people and “trash” because they are considered to be in the low class. Scout says, “He ain’t company Cal,he’s just a Cunningham” (8) displaying Scout’s belief that he can’t be considered company because of his social status. This teaches a new lesson to Scout by Calpurnia and Atticus telling her there needs to be equality in the world for all to connect, and most importantly to learn how to walk in others’ shoes. So this class status is one thing that slowly helps Scout grow as a character and teaches her to not be as selfish.The class status the Finch family is part of allows citizens to exolt them making Atticus feel as if he is pressured to act the way others expect him to, especially when Aunt Alexandra decided to move into their household. Since Aunt Alexandra goes to live at the Finch household, it is recognized that she becomes a dominant role. She is an example of someone who is prejudice regarding social class; she thinks that because the Finches are high class, they are superior to the lower class. Because of this she tries to tell Atticus to get rid of Calpurnia due to her race, class status, and for not being civilized, so they should not be seen with her. Right away Atticus stops her saying she is an important part of the family, having enough of her orders. The reason she had moved in, in the first place, was to give Scout feminine influence, thinking that Calpurnia isn’t the right role model. Reading that “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of attire” says Scout had to start acting more ladylike because of the family’s economic and social status(9). She believes that since Scout is high class she should act civilized and dress properly. Family consciousness is then discussed with the family, mainly Aunt Alexandra ordering Atticus to lecture the kids on their ancestry and taking pride in their name. Atticus was trying to act like a real Finch telling Jem and Scout “you are the product of several generations’ gentle breeding and that you should try to live up to your name,” but only succeeds in making Scout cry knowing she loved her dad just the way he was with no need to change (13.177). He also understands that he can’t live by his name because he is defending Tom Robinson, in which he wouldn’t have to if he was a “real” Finch. Finally, Aunt Alexandra has made a great impact on the family’s relationship making Atticus realize he could never change for society, and allowing Scout to learn that people should not be judged by their name but their characters instead.One thing the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” seems to say is that society will always treat people differently which is still seen today. They will cause differences and inequality even if someone like Atticus fights hard for his justice and to end social or economical judgement. Harper Lee attempts to display through her writing how prejudice on social classes affects how people are treated and how they live their life. If seen from different perspectives of class status there would be some type of unfairness bringing separation between people in Maycomb county. Examples include Tom Robinson’s case, Walter Cunningham and his family, and Aunt Alexandra’s desires. Finally, this is a great bildungsroman novel that teaches one to not always be considerate and go by what the society believes.