Examples Of Stereotypes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird Essay “My goal is to be myself,and to challenge stereotypes,and to follow the rules,and break them,and make new rules. It’s not about doing something that’s already been done. That would be silly”(Sasha Grey).This quote relates to the book because traditional roles of men and women were broken by the characters Scout and Jem.Men and women are represented by typical stereotypes and gender roles in the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

In the book to kill a mockingbird, there is a little girl named Scout she is 6 years old. She is a tomboy and loves to play outside with her older brother Jem. In the 1930’s women and young girls were expected to act prim, proper,wear dresses and skirts. Young girls were to never wear jeans! Scout did not fit the description of a typical young girl. One day Jem and Scout were walking by their neighbor’s house Mrs.Dubose,She was sitting on her porch and did not approve of Scouts clothing choice she then proceeded to say. “What are 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 on tables at the O.K. cafe-hah”(lee 135)! This is just one example of how Scout broke the stereotype that girls have to act a certain way and be feminine. …show more content…

Jem was told by his dad Atticus “you just hold your head high and be a gentleman.Whatever she says to you,it’s your job not to let her make you mad”(lee 133). Atticus said this to jem because the neighbor lady Mrs.Dubose had said some mean comment about his father and that made him upset. Jem did not like the fact that being a gentleman meant he had to hide his own feelings to maintain the standard that society had set for

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