In the book To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper lee, Aunt Alexandria visits the finch’s house for a while. In her visit Aunt Alexandra feels like Atticus isn’t racing his children properly and because of this Aunt Alexandria pursues Scout to be more lady like since she’s a girl even though scout disagrees. “I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could possibly do nothing in a dress, she said I shouldn’t be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandria’s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets and wearing Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore I should be a ray of sunshine in my fathers lonely life.”pg,Lee This shows that Scout doesn’t want to be a stereotypical girl, but Aunt Alexandria is pursuing her to be more lady-like just because of her gender . To this day people still stereotype females.
It’s human nature to want to protect ourselves from danger or getting in trouble. The same thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird by the majority of the characters whenever something happens that incriminates them. A demonstration of self-preservation in the novel is when Atticus is cross-examining Mayella Ewell in court. During the cross-examination, Atticus says, “What did your father see in the window, the crime of the rape or the best defense to it? Why don’t you tell the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?” (Lee 251).
It shows that scout believes that women have a minuscule amount of power, and that she needs to act like a boy for her to even be recognized by Jem as a member of the group. Gender equality is not fully intact, as shown explicitly throughout the novel. Scout is not the only woman who feels the impact of sexism in the novel. Especially in that time, women were not treated as equals in many circumstances. Women are also set a standard to be ladies, doing things such as wearing dresses and not playing outside like males are allowed to.
"Bigotry or prejudice in any form is more than a problem; it is deep-seated evil within our society" (..) It is in Harper Lee’s “How To Kill A Mockingbird.” that the issue of Prejudice is shown throughout the novel. It is apparent in the novel which exhibits the unethical idea of individuals, particularly
That nigger yonder took advantage of me an ' if you fine fancy gentlemen don 't wanta do nothin ' about it then you 're all yellow stinkin ' cowards, stinkin ' cowards, the lot of you. Your fancy airs don 't come to nothin '—your ma 'amin ' and Miss Mayellerin ' don 't come to nothin ', Mr. Finch-" (Lee 251). This quote shows exactly how white people thought of people of color. Mayella saying this shows that she thinks she’s above Tom and he should go straight to jail just because of his skin color. And most of the white people in the room feel the same way.
Scout feels uncomfortable around the proper ladies because the ladies laugh at her answers to their questions. Although Scout prefers to socialize with men rather than women, she tries to make her aunt proud of her by acting properly. “After all, if Aunty could be a lady in a time like this, so could I,” Scout thinks proudly to herself. Perhaps the most significant example of Aunt Alexandra’s care for her children occurs after Tom Robinson’s trial. Aunt Alexandra shows care for her niece and nephew because she worries where the children have gone.
To Kill A Mockingbird Essay In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee intrigues readers to her story filled with truth and rumours. Scout and Jem always feared the Radley’s especially, Boo Radley. Notoriously known the rumor of stabbing Mr. Radley in the leg. Everything changes after Boo Radley saves Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee develops the theme to think for yourself through diction, imagery, and symbolism.
Bad Reputation In any community, no matter the size , everybody has a reputation. Reputation reveals what a community thinks of them and how the person acts within the community. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lee’s goal is to expose how reputation is created in a community and the negative effects it has on individuals. Lee uses dramatic interactions and experiences with characters who are considered outcasts in the book to exemplify how reputation negatively affect individuals. First, Lee introduces Burris Ewell in Scout’s first grade class.
TKaM Notes: USE PRESENT TENSE Thesis: The most obvious form of discrimination in Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is racism; however, there are other types of prejudice and discrimination that typify relationships among the novel’s characters. It varies between a troubled boy and his town, a lonely woman and her fellow Baptists, and two siblings against the rest of their school. Each of these stories has common ground, but specify into contrasting situations. One might say, how can discrimination cripple a person's being? The book depicts Boo as a distraught boy and who is never seen as anything more.
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch employs pathos and diction in his closing argument to the jury and the people of Maycomb in order to persuade them to see beyond their prejudice and free Tom Robinson. Atticus informs the jury about the evil assumptions that society makes about Negroes. Pathos is used to persuade the jury when Atticus says, “Some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men” (Lee 273). In saying this, Atticus tries to convince the audience and jury that everyone is capable of making mistakes, and differences in appearance does not mean that groups of people are superior to others.
When you send a girl home because her shorts are too short or her clothing is immodest you are telling her that covering up her body is more important than her education" (anonymous). School dress codes should not be as strict as what they are now. The student handbook says that the dress code applied to both boys and girls, but then says things such as "...shirts and blouses should cover the shoulders and yoga pants are not permitted..." (student hand book page 26). Things like that are aimed towards girls. Why should girls be punished for being comfortable?