How Does Harper Lee Present The Stereotypes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The 1960’s in the united states is one of the most difficult times the U.S has ever faced and is well portrayed in harper lee’s book “To kill a mocking bird”. She shows the main problems the us really faced. She shows how poorly African Americans were treated and the sexist stereotypes towards women and lastly she wrote about the economic crash. When harper lee shows the racist events, she does so very accurately. She slips in quotes in her writing that seem like they would go unnoticed but have a powerful impact in the book. However 1 specific quote displays it very clearly. Lee says "He had announced in the schoolyard the day before that Scout Finche's daddy defended niggers. I denied it, but told Jem". In this context, a boy that Scout Finch goes to school with makes fun of Scout because her dad talks to and helps African Americans. Scout gets embarrassed because in the time period it was frowned upon to associate with African Americans. This quote also portrays racism in the fact that people would almost fight just because a white man is helping a black man. No matter how well she displays racism, it is almost always accompanied by sexist remarks. …show more content…

Harper lee writes about herself portrayed as ,Scout, a girl who wants to be like her brother from the way she dresses to the way she acts. No doubt any girl who wears overalls in the 60’s is going to be mocked. when miss Dubouse, an older lady that lived by the Finches, said "What are you doing in those overalls? You should be in a dress and camisole, young lady! You’ll grow up waiting on tables if someone doesn’t change your ways!" This quote shows how women are viewed as people who don’t work and aren’t their own person because women are sought to do what society tells them to. With the 60’s does not only come with racism and sexism but, also comes with severe

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