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.
Scout learned what ever woman in Maycomb country thought of her. She learned that they thought that Atticus wasn’t raising her right. She also learned what everyone in Maycomb country thought of her father, that he was a “nigger-lover” as Bob Ewell called Atticus. Scout has a temper that is hard for her to control but she has learned to control it over the events such as when she got into a fight with Walter Cunningham. When Atticus explained things like “ Scout, nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything - like snot-nose.
Harper Lee masterfully wove strong traits into these women, making the book so much more meaningful. A real and serious theme lies behind the lighthearted tone and jokes of women, sexism persists to linger even in Scout’s world and today’s. Starting out with feeling uncomfortable in her own skin because of her gender, Scout went to acknowledging and valuing the strengths of women by the end of the book. She witnessed men and boys alike talking inconsiderately and being sexist in general, yet she stayed true to herself in the end. Albeit hard times troubled her family and threatened her life and those of her loved ones, Scout herself acts like a determined, strong-willed girl in similarity to the women around her.
Aunt Alexandra wants Calpurnia to leave because she thinks she is a bad influence on Scout and is ruining her plan of making Scout more ladylike. “Atticus, it’s all right to be soft-hearted, you’re an easy man, but you have a daughter to think of. A daughter who’s growing up.” (Page 182) Aunt Alexandra in this quote is describing how Atticus is too nice to Calpurnia and is valuing her needs over scout. Atticus and Aunt Alexandra continue the heated the debate as Scout listens over, but finally Atticus makes the final decision of allowing Calpurnia to stay. This section shows the Aunt Alexandra is a racist because she thinks black women are a bad influence to her niece.
Sometimes I slip and say my little brother Raymond . . . and I don’t play the dozens or believe in standing around with somebody in my face doing a lot of talking. I much rather just knock you down and take my chances even if I am a little girl with skinny arms and a squeaky voice, which is how I got the name Squeaky.
Harper Lee uses Scout in many cases to show how she thought Southern Womanhood used to have a negative impact. Fairly early on in the book, Scout tells us about how Jem told her to go find girls to hangout with, “I was not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that’s why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with”(54). In this example, Scout had just finished trying to convince Jem that Atticus knew they were making fun of Boo Radley. The quote shows how Scout is expected to act like a girl and hangout with girls, because girls shouldn’t play rough with the boys. In another example, Aunt Alexandra tries to change the way Scout acts,
She said, “Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him. I’ll not have you around him, picking up bad habits and learning Lord-knows-what” (Lee 301). This statement shows that she believed the Finch family would look bad if she allowed Scout to play with someone like Walter. This statement also causes the readers to collate her with Hilly when they realize that they both treasure the reputation of their family. In conclusion, Hilly and Aunt Alexandra both value their status in the towns they reside in and wish to maintain it.
A prison could be defined as limiting, and though the dress itself is not forbidding Scout to do as she pleases, it still keeps her in confinement. The dress represents femininity, and that time being a woman excluded them from certain activities solely that were only capable by men. Thus, the reason why Scout wears overalls; she can do more than she ever could in a dress. Jem and Dill understand this and use to this to bully Scout into doing things she wasn’t comfortable with doing. Even with this, they didn’t bother to understand Scout’s point of view, furthermore if they had, some of the mishaps that occured could have possibly been
Throughout Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the poet characterizes all women as dishonest. The first woman encountered in the story, Queen Guenevere, seems to be trustworthy and an upstanding character. Her beauty and power in the kingdom is highly renown and respected among all people. Later in the story, the Green Knight reveals that one of the reasons that Morgan Le Fay wanted to set up the test of the beheading game was in hope that it would have “caused her to die” in fear of the Green Knight (Winny 2460). Guenevere appears to be perfect, but she caused Morgan Le Fay to be so angry with her that Le Fay went to great lengths to try to kill her.
In “Bedecked”, Redel raises attention about the different approaches to parenting in a situation when a parent’s son is more flamboyant than society would deem acceptable. Redel can handle the criticism and “other mothers looking”, but wanted none of it to change the purity of how her son “loves a beautiful thing not for what it means- / this way or that”(16-17). She ends her poem by asking readers if their “heart was ever once that brave”, for going against social norms and not confining to them (21-20). In addition to the older woman and younger man double standard, Calbert's “In Praise of My Young Husband” lists examples of the world’s different romances to note that there is not just one single type: “young lovers like to drink too much / and make a drunken, careless love, / why couples always cook so much” (19-22). Romance comes in all different forms and sizes, and Calbert understands that along with these she apprends why people fall in and out of love.
This meaning it is ok to persecute blacks and that she was contradicting herself. This prompts Scout to be disturbed and think a lot. Later in the novel Scout learns to restrain herself from fistfights which shows a great deal of respect for others, because she puts herself in their shoes. She learned from Atticus that there are other ways to solve your differences and get out your anger. These are many things that have contributed to the development of Scout’s maturation.
With time, Darkwing did indeed give her more freedom. They went on genuine patrols, did actual crime-fighting even. However, Darkwing maintained his iron rule against solo missions, even the light patrols; Gosalyn, of course, had a solution: one Honker Muddlefoot. Honker, her best friend and frequent partner in shenanigans, would reprise his role as Quiverwing Quack’s trusty, if cowardly, sidekick ‘The Arrowkid’. Darkwing agreed, only because he never expected Honker to actually say yes.
When Scout saw the Cunninghams paying in different things like Hickory nuts and Stovewood, she was quick to question the payment. In the quote it demonstrates how Atticus has to simply explain to the Scout, you should never look at someone differently based on how much money they have. You should look at them for who they are. Some people are not as fortunate as others, it is not there fault, but like they Cunningham 's, they find a way. Atticus did not only open the kids eyes to how you should not judge someone, but also, to stand up for what you believe in, despite what others might say.
Bullying is the use of superior strength to intimidate others. Bullying is typically done when someone wants another person to do what they want them to do. This is seen very obviously from the queen bee. The queen bee is the most powerful girl in school. She can manipulate anyone, and so she does.
Overall, even though Scout and Skeeter’s moral beliefs contradict what other people think, they are not afraid to stand up and speak their minds. Both Scout and Skeeter are faced with discrimination against themselves and other people in their communities. Also both Scout and Skeeter have different views than the people around them. Skeeter is different from Scout because she has more control of her actions, as Scout is just a small girl and learning the right and wrong ways to handle things. Scout is faced with being on Tom Robinson’s side or the side of the rest of the town.