Jem, a mysterious, curious, and maturing brother to Scout, gets fascinated by what Atticus, his father, does for a living. Atticus is the lawyer of the town, and he is assigned a case that is backing up a black man, Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, because of her and Bob Ewell, her father’s claims; although, he is indeed innocent, but since he is colored, he gets consequences. Scout and Jem, on the other hand, see just the very tip of what discrimination is throughout the 3 years of this book. Based on what is shown, they learn that even police officers, like Heck Tate, are stereotypes.
“I was not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagine 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” (Lee 54). This quote also shows how Scout thinks that being called a girl is bad when it is not. In this quote it also shows gender discrimination when Jem is talking to Scout. “ Jem was scowling triumphantly. ‘Nothin‘ to it.
A white person was considered to have greater taste and quality, which influenced the assumption that all blacks were immoral beings and not trusted to be around white women. Scout’s brother Jem explained the class division of Maycomb by categorizing the four types of people in the town’s society. In relations to the Jim Crow laws, the people who were ranked from highest to lowest of respect were the Ordinary, Poor, live off the government, and finally at the bottom of degradation were black people. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Maycomb considered the black people to be unsuccessful, African-American, and least respectable as Jem stated, “You know something, Scout? I’ve got it all figured out, now.
Strengths and flaws can only be seen if a person opens up to the possibility of them being there. The Civil Rights Movement opened people 's eyes to the possibility that colored people are just like everyone else, trying to pay the bills, feed their families, and live their lives in peace. There was this stereotype that the colored people of America were bad people with bad qualities, and that was all they were told. But for the few whites who did open up, they were surprised to see these normal day people. In To Kill A Mockingbird, the residents of Maycomb all know each other, their habits, flaws, and they believed the stereotype of the colored people, except for a select few.
Harper continues to address this theme when scout wears pants instead of dresses. She is an independent girl that doesn’t follow the social norms of wearing dresses and playing with dolls (Despite her aunt 's protest). Instead, she is a tomboy and enjoys playing outside, getting dirty and sports. But according to her aunt she “wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants” The pants represent her independent thinking and ability to express herself, something many girls were not doing at the time. Additionally, it is this way of thinking that allows Scout to see beyond the color of someone’s skin and accept the social outcasts.
Influences of Aunt Alexandra and Atticus Finch The main characters in the novel responsible for Scout’s construction/ development would be her Aunt Alexandra and her father Atticus Finch. The Aunt, who tires to manipulate Scout into becoming the conventional lady that society has laid out in front of us; where as Atticus encourages Scout to continuing being who she is. Through out the novel there is a huge focus on Scout 's clothing as it is an important ingredient for her to develop her female sense of self. However her aunt’s pushiness in what she should be wearing, makes Scout hate the idea of being a female even more, as her aunt wishes to mold her into stereotypical southern lady. “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire.
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