Disrespectful In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the passage, taken from To Kill A Mockingbird, there is a mean and angry woman who lives down the street from two young children. Throughout the excerpt Mrs. Dubose was saying horrible things to two kids, Scout and Jem, and sometimes about about their father, Atticus. Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, makes it clear to the readers that Mrs. Dubose is a disrespectful and critical woman. Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose does not like children and always has something critical to say about Scout and Jem, sometimes even Atticus. She shows how critical she can be very early on in the book when she’s yelling at Scout about her clothes and what she should be wearing instead. “What are you doing in those overalls? You should be in a dress and camisole, young lady! You’ll grow up waiting on tables if somebody doesn’t change your ways--a Finch waiting tables at the O.K. Cafe--hah!” (Lee 2). This shows that Mrs. Dubose is criticizing Scout because of what she’s wearing, and telling her what she should be wearing. She has certain opinions about how things should be and how boys and girls to act like and behave like, and the Finch children are both the exact opposite of her beliefs. Because they are so different…show more content…
Dubose very well. Based on her interactions and one-sided conversations with Jem and Scout she is very disrespectful towards them and their father. “Your father’s no better than the n------ and trash she laws for!” (Lee 135). This is from when Mrs. Dubose is yelling at Scout and Jem as they were walking to the store so Jem could buy some toys. As they were walking Mrs. Dubose starts yelling about their father, Atticus, saying that he’s not a good father. That is a disrespectful thing to say to anybody, but to say that to the person’s children is worse, because that’s not only showing the person disrespect but showing the disrespect to the children, which might affect the children’s view on their
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