Everyone has either seen someone being discriminated against or have been discriminated against, but as it contradicts something we know to be true, that are discriminations are always had a reason behind them, and revealing the truth behind it is easier to find it out in To Kill a Mockingbird. In To Kill a Mockingbird we see the caste system, and how it operates in Maycomb County. The theme that is broadly shown how discrimination and putting people in different classes was very common in Maycomb.
The caste system within the book first came to the reader’s attention when Aunt Alexandra tells Scout about it. In the book, it said, “there was indeed a caste system in Maycomb;" to her, "it worked this way: the older citizens, the present generation of people who had lived side by side for years and years, were utterly predictable to one another: they took for granted attitudes, character shadings, even gestures, as having been repeated in each generation and refined by the time”(Lee 131). We see here what the caste system is really is explained through the notes that Scout makes through her Aunts explanation. We see an example of the caste system through Ewell’s life. The book said, “The Jury learned the following things: their relief check was far from enough to feed the family, and there was a strong suspicion that Papa drank it up anyway-- he sometimes went off in the swamp for days and came home sick" (Lee 183). This shows Ewell’s household, but it also shows the surrounding of the environment. The system is shown to be only focusing on the past generation, and not on the person’s actions.
All in all, we see how the caste system was in effect throughout Maycomb County. We see the definition of the caste system, and how it played out in the life of the Ewells. We see that the caste system operates in Maycomb County, and how the family ancestors affect what people think of the current generation in the town. The caste system is a way to discriminate and categorize people based upon their family’s history and livelihood.