Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” presents readers with many life lessons. The book is set at a very controversial time period around the World War II era. The time period is one which is simply black against white. The book is narrated by a tom-boy, Scout, growing up in her early ages of life. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer, who defends a black man named Tom Robinson, who is being treated unfairly in court.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses her own childhood experiences of growing up in Monroeville, Alabama during the Great Depression to show the coming of age of her character, Scout Finch. “ People” Lee explains, “ moved slowly then,” and such a pace gives the young room to invent games, run rampant on the town streets, and stay safe.” Scout Finch was always the “go-getter.” She was the little girl who fought for what she thought was right, usually with her fists. "You might hear some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down.
As individuals in today’s society, we are privileged to not have to endure the prevalent societal differences and sexism that the characters in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, must. The readers, lead by the protagonist, Scout Finch, can truly begin to identify with her observance and simultaneous acceptance and defiance of gender roles. Evidently, Scout grows up with prominent gender roles impacting and influencing her opinion on how each gender “should” and “should not” behave, but when it comes to her behaviour, she does as she pleases. When Scout converses with her male cousin, Francis, about cooking, she laughs upon hearing his uncommon interest of the pastime.
What Shapes Individual Identity There many things in life shape identity but some of the biggests factors that shape identity are race, wealth, gender and the experiences you go through. How is an individual sense of identity formed? Through race, wealth gender and experiences their are countless ways identity is formed. First, race.
Confucius, a Chinese philosopher, once said “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising everytime we fall”. What Confucius means by this is for society to succeed we have to take a few step back to keep moving forward. There will always be things that set you back in life, but there is always a way to conquer them. It may seem hard to find a way around, but if you see it from a different angle, you can find a way.
The belief that each gender should have its own roles and behaviors is something that has been deeply rooted in the mind of Aunt Alexandra. When she moves into the Finches’ home, she makes attempts to change the family in a way she saw fit. Quickly, she notices that Scout does not abide by her idea of how a girl should be acting. After only a short time of living in their home, she confronts Scout, making an attempt to alter her personality. As if it was an intervention, she says she “decided that it would be best for you to have some feminine influence.”
The 1920s carried much change in society. Some of these changes were more rights for women, jazz music, and prohibition. The people of the 1920s were disillusioned by society lacking in idealism and vision, sense of personal alienation, and Americans were obsessed with materialism and outmoded moral values (The Roaring Twenties).Cultural changes were strongly influenced by the destruction of World War I ending 1918. America needed to recover and with it youth rebelled against the norms of the older generations.
The 1950’s was a moment in American history when rock and roll was about to turn everything upside down in American culture. Every week hundreds of singles were being released by record companies. Grease is a musical based on the transformation from the 1950’s to the 1960’s not caring about repression and tradition and living for freedom and adventure. Grease was inspired by the success of Hair and shows like it, that revealed great cultural truths about America
Why do you think the event was important, and how does it fit into the conflict and changes of the 1920s? This era was known as the Roaring twenties where most women were able to discover their opportunities. In the 1920s, women were able to break away from the traditional female roles that always held them back (Barnes & Bowles, 2014). Many women during this time were in the change process where majority become career oriented.
The 1920s represented the post-suffrage era when women made drastic social and cultural changes that affected the American women way of life. Women began to seek more rightsand equal representation through changes in social values. However, women still observed their primary responsibility for caring for the household; and also depended on men for monetary support (Martin, 1926). The essay brings into perspective, various transformations that took place in the 1920s, resulting in the diversion of the traditional norms.