Examples Of Gender Discrimination In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-”... “-- until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 39). Maycomb is an old town, a tired old town. When the weather is rainy the streets turn into red slop, grass grows on the sidewalks, and the courthouse sagged in square. In Maycomb lived Jem and Scout. Scout is about eight years old, and Jem is Scout’s older brother. Atticus is Scouts and Jems dad. Throughout the novel, Harper Lee gives the reader insight of racial, gender, and religious discrimination that impacted the community of Maycomb. Harper Lee gives us insight of racism in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or…show more content…
An example of gender discrimination in the book was when Aunt Alexandra was telling Scout that she should dress properly and that sh should start wearing dresses. “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical about my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if i wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants” (Lee 108). This quote tells us that Aunt Alexandra should dress more like a girl. She also said that Scout shouldn’t be doing things in pants. Another example of gender discrimination is when Jem wanted to cook, Scout laughed at the thought of seeing Jem in an apron. “Grandma’s a wonderful cook,” said Francis. “She’s gonna teach me how.” “Boys don’t cook.” I giggled at the thought of Jem in an apron” (Lee 109). This tells us that just because Jem is a boy he shouldn’t cook. Grandma says that all men should learn to cook. Lastly, another gender discrimination example was when Jem screamed at Scout that she should go home and that she is acting more like a girl. “Scout, I’m tellin’ you for the last time, shut your trap or go home-- I declare to the Lord you’re gettin’ more like a girl every day!” (Lee 69). Scout was complaining that Jem shouldn’t jump the fence, Jem got annoyed and he yelled at her. Jem said that she was getting more girly throughout the days just because she was worrying that she was going to get in trouble. In conclusion, Scout is going through a lot of gender discrimination throughout the chapters. She couldn’t wear pants anymore because she needed to act more girly and she got yelled at by Scout because she was worrying about getting in trouble and doing the right thing. Jem also got discriminated because he wanted to know how to

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