Another reason why Connie why wants to be independent from her mother is because she does not want to be like her. “Her mother went scuffling around the house in old bathroom slippers…” ( Oates 616). Connie’s mother is an image of the future Connie doesn't want -the life of a domestic housewife. Lastly, you can see that Connie has a love-hate relationship with her other, with whom she identifies, but at the same time she has to distance herself from her mother in order to establish her independence; “Sometimes, over coffee, they were almost friends, but something would come up – some vexation that was like a fly buzzing suddenly around their heads – and their faces went hard with contempt.”
A powerful quote said by Atticus to Jem was the following: “[s]o far nothing in your life has interfered with your reasoning process.” (295). I think this shows that anyone was once innocent as a child, but as one becomes older and aware of the evil, they get influenced to do evil as well. However, they are still good people.
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. I swear, Scout,sometimes you act so much like a girl it’s mortifyin’ ”
In the novel, Lee uses Scout to demonstrate how the expectations of society are pushed onto girls at a young age. One of the characters who forces these expectations onto Scout is Aunt Alexandra. Often times she ridicules Atticus for allowing Scout to wear breeches and be “unladylike.” During the Christmas party at Finch’s landing, Scout and Alexandra have a conversation about what is proper to wear.
Gender Roles, Not Pizza Rolls "Gender roles are a social construct. When we attempt to assign strengths and weaknesses to either gender, we literally cut our potential as the human race in half." In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird one huge controversial theme is how gender is displayed considering how gender roles played a major part in the time period that the book was written, and how the main character Scout confronts these boundaries.
(Lee 99). This novel pertains specifically to an African American man, but many different minority groups are still penalized in our current justice system from the color of their skin. The Eighth Amendment as it pertains to the 1930’s in To Kill a Mockingbird and the Eighth Amendment in the 1960’s are important
The Delusion of Justice “Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.” ― Virginia Woolf. In the sleepy, southern town of Maycomb this statement seems overwhelmingly true; losing your childish belief in fairness for the delusion that justice is unachievable seems like a necessary part of maturation. However, Jem Finch is an exception. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee we follow him and his sister during the time surrounding the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman.
In the novel it states “cecil jacobs made me forget he had announced in the schoolyard the day before that scout finch's daddy defended niggers i denied it but told jem” (lee, 74) this piece of texts shows labels affect people because labeling could be racist because the white children where labeling tom Robinson as a nigger. In the novel it also states “depends how you look at it he said what was one negro more or less among two hundred of em he wasn't tom to them he was escaping prisoner” (lee, 235) this piece of text shows labels affect people because labeling could be racist because all the townspeople thought tom robinson was guilty because he was black but if he was white he would have not been guilty. In both of these texts it shows that Since tom robinson was black he would never win the trial even tho he did nothing
What if the world was still the same as it was back during the great depression. What if this was the truth. In To Kill a Mockingbird readers can see how prejudice affected people of color back then, and how it’s not so different from today. In the novel readers will find unfairness in court, hate crimes, and segregation. Today readers can still find these same issues, but in different forms.
People constantly change as time passes and therefore their perspectives continuously alter as well. The classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, portrays the lives of two children, Jem and Scout, during the Great Depression, as they mature in a small, dull, and segregated town called Maycomb, Alabama. However, the once peaceful city, seen through the eyes of Scout Finch, suddenly shifts when the citizens falsely accuse a black man named Tom Robinson of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. The children’s view of the peaceful town transforms into a racist and stereotypical community of hypocrites. Furthermore, Scout was not the only white citizen of Maycomb to understand the unfair customs.
Although To Kill A Mockingbird was written in the 1960s, Harper Lee incorporated her views on women and created characters that depicted different views on femininity in the 1930s, like Alexandra who believed in society’s view of a woman, and Miss Maudie, who managed to find a balance between her true self and society’s ideas and images.
Donald Trump once said, “sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.” Atticus Finch fights a battle against Maycomb County and although he knows that he will not win he brings Maycomb a step closer to justice. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee utilizes characters, setting, and conflicts in order to illustrate Aunt Alexandra’s acceptance of Scout, Francis ‘ prejudice, and Atticus’ urge for equality.
To Kill a Mockingbird Black men were charged when they did nothing wrong. They were hung for the color of their skin. They were killed for saying the wrong thing. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson was charged with rape just because he was beside a white woman. He was backed up in court by a man named Atticus Finch.