Scout wanted to act like a girl, but her friends wanted her to act like the old Scout. This instance is where Scout had to make the decision that acting like a girl was not worth loosing her friends. Scout Finch made her own choices, she made them the way that she wanted them, n\ ot caring about what time it was, who she was with, and what people thought of her. She did things for her.
I think the stereotype that women are the ones who work at home and care for the kids should be gone, because frankly, not all women want to do that. Some want to start successful businesses, and to do so, they are going to need a proper education. (80
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.
The mother wanted Ni Kan to follow the footsteps she made, but the daughter sure was was not having it. She wanted to make her own decisions and do her own thing, however, her mom basically forced her too. For example, her mom made her learn and play the piano considering she was horrible and couldn’t learn very easily. Her mom always wanted her to be like her when she was little, but Ni Kan has different interests. This passage reflects to family and how people see their culture from the outside picture because in the passage it says that people know how the daughter feels and believes she should be able to make her own choices.
One day, in her lesson she shows some example of the advertisements. By showing examples from the advertisements to her students, Katherine showing that they were imposed only on being good housewives. She tells them that only being a good mother and wife role are admitted. Girls are influenced by her warnings. Betty while she was the most hostile to her, she regrets that she did and decides to organize her life according to her wishes and choices rather than her parents.
You don’t see you sister using that junk” (988). Connie does this so that way she can see what she likes and what she does not like. Connie’s actions also coincide with her being fifteen. Connie is exploring these new ways to express herself at too young of an age. “Everything about her had two sides to it. . .”
Although, when Ms. Hancock dies, she breaks free of the hold of her mother and is “born” a new person. In the end, Charlotte realizes that adults can not see the beauty in people like Ms.Hancock, yet children can. Through juxtaposition, symbolism, and irony, Wilson describes Charlotte’s self-realization of life. Charlotte’s mother’s and Ms.Hancock’s descriptions are a juxtaposition in order to convey her true feelings of her mother and Ms. Hancock.
Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” illustrates Dee’s struggle for identity by placing her quest for a new identity against her family’s desire for maintaining culture and heritage. In the beginning, the narrator, who is the mother of Dee, mentions some details about Dee; how she “...wanted nice things… She was determined to stare down any disaster in her efforts… At sixteen, she had a style of her own: and (she) knew what style was.” Providing evidence to the thesis, she was obviously trying exceptionally hard to find for herself a sense of identity. She wanted items her family couldn’t afford, so she worked hard to gain these, and she found a sense of identity from them, but it also pushed her farther away from her family.
(Kincaid, 5). By this phrase, her mother is implying that other people’s opinions matter more than her own; she has to act a certain way and do certain things to be socially accepted. The mother is telling her what to do and what kind of woman she needs to be, instead of leaving that decision up to her. By implying that her daughter’s reputation is important, she contradicts herself. Towards the end of the piece, Kincaid’s mother states, “…don’t throw stones at blackbirds, because it might not be a blackbird at all…”
Mama is an authentic feminist. She tells Beneatha that she have to conform to certain rules in the family “not long as [she is] the head of this family”. (Page 34). She wants to save her family from economic pressures which compels her children to cause resentments towards each other. Thus, she had “got to do something different… and do something bigger” (Page 71).
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout tells us that their mother has died but the story might have been altered if the mom was still alive. Many characters personalities, point of view, and the storyline would be modified. People such as Aunt Alexandra and Calpurnia could have been never mentioned in the story. An example would be Aunt Alexandra, if the mother was still alive she probably wouldn’t have moved in with the Finches.
Being a lady is one of the most important roles for a female in the southern state of Alabama in the 1930’s. It is difficult for children to understand the importance of a role and how it affects the society. One novel that clearly represents children’s oblivious nature is Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. As a female protagonist, Jean Louise “scout” Finch grows up defying the rules of society. As the story continues Scout is told to be more polite and more well behaved by Aunt Alexandra.
“Lawyers, I suppose, were children once”. Lee chooses to write from a child’s point-of-view, and that is what makes this story so brilliant. The story is presentable from the perspective of Scout. An innocent little girl that can make racial remarks and regard people of color in a way like the community, Lee provides an unbiased view of the condition. As a child, Scout can make remarks that an adult would avoid saying; whereas they would find an adult who makes these remarks offensive.
To Kill a Mockingbird Gender Roles and Stereotypes The Oxford English Dictionary defines gender roles as, “The role or behavior learned by a person as appropriate to their gender, determined by prevailing cultural norms.” But what's the problem with that? Singling out one gender to carry responsibilities that the other gender should not. And during the time of poverty, unemployment and hardship known as The Great Depression, is when gender stereotyping established its place as a norm. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s ideas of gender stereotyping from the 30’s compels Scout to feel pressure from her town.
In the book “To Kill A Mockingbird”, written by Harper Lee, things can change in the blink of an eye. It can go from a peaceful taciturn summer morning to all hell broken loose. And for Aunt Alexandra, change comes extremely faster then anyone would ever expect. She would be one of the most imprudent and disrespectful person anyone would know to a caring, respected person who wouldn't despise anyone by their skin or gender.