Judging a book by its cover is an often used term that people use to describe a situation where many people are stereotypical. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a book written about racism and discrimination, is projecting this lesson. This story is written in the narrative of a woman named Scout, who tells her tale of a specific story when she was a young child. It takes place in the 1930’s in Maycomb County of Alabama, where discrimination is typical and normal for the town to do. Jem, a mysterious, curious, and maturing brother to Scout, gets fascinated by what Atticus, his father, does for a living.
Respect is a hand, calling out, waving, waiting to be picked on to express its views on a topic. People look up to it, and admire its nobility and intelligence. The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is set during the time of the Great Depression and the Jim Crow laws, when black people and white people did not have the same rights as each other. The book is told in the point of view of Scout, a young girl whose father is a lawyer for a trial for Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is a black man who was accused of raping a young white girl, Mayella Ewell.
Jem expressing his disrespect for Scout’s girlish behaviors is, again, another example of this misogyny that occurs within the story, he says rude phrases like “I swear, Scout, sometimes you act so much like a girl it’s mortifyin’” and nag Scout that “girls always imagined things, that’s why other people hated them so, and if Scout started behaving like one, she could just go off and find some to play with”. These ideas probably reflect greatly on Lee’s childhood, I guess she likely felt afraid of her own gender because of the hatred men expressed for it. But above all labels in which people attempted to pressure her, she became a renowned
A woman named Harper Lee wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird”, which about the life of two siblings, Jem and Scout Finch, and their experiences in the eventful Maycomb County. It is written in the perspective of Scout. It is important that it is written in first person narrative because it emphasizes on the characters. Unlike third person omniscient, first person narrative shows the reader the truth of the character, which is very important when you want to see flesh in the developing character. Reading in first person narrative allows the readers to engage with the characters better and that is experienced with Scout while reading this great piece of literature.
First off, Father Flynn is being victimized by the fixated principal Sister Aloysius. She accuses him of inappropriately having relations with a child. Every action Father Flynn makes, Sister Aloysius seems to have a certain reprisal for his decision. Sister James, the history teacher for the 8th graders realizes that Sister Aloysius is adjudging Father Flynn’s opinions and calls her out on it: You just don’t like him! You don’t like that he uses a ballpoint pen.
Within Mark Waters’ Mean Girls, Cady Heron inadvertently finds herself to be a member of two opposing factions who hold contempt for each other. Yet, by the end of the film, she also resolves their feud. How can Cady, a stranger to their conflict, dissolve the barriers that separate the differing social cliques within her school? In her work “Monsters, Marvels and Meanings,” Margrit Shildrick theorizes about what it means to be a monster. In her work, she examines how monsters are often portrayed as physical beings that cannot be described as being regular humans.
The classic 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King's novel Carrie overlaps and intersects themes typical of the high school genre such as sexuality, bullying, loneliness, angst, and rebellion with supernatural elements, family dysfunctionality, and religion. As a result of the abuse Carrie White is subjected to by her religious and extremist mother Margaret, she is victimized by her peers and authority figures, and when she finally lashes out, she becomes a monster. Therefore, Carrie’s monstrosity was created by her mother. The monstrous element, according to Wells, “… is usually an interrogation of the amorphous nature of evil, or an address of the limits of the human condition; physically, emotionally, and psychologically.” Carrie’s outburst is the result of her reaching the limit of abuse she is willing to accept. Because of her superhuman abilities, the last straw for her represents dire consequences for those around her.
The story of a white lawyer defending the black in court, states indirectly about what we are meant to think about the black community by Harper Lee. Most people tend to avoid or ignore black people when they see them, or even take all attention to them. The novel expresses black people’s optimism, it portrays how they behave during white’s racism and ignorance while they also bring up the passion for justice, and even admirable in their pureness. Calpurnia is the first African-American figure we meet in the book. She was “all angles and bones; squinted; her hands were wide as a bed slate and twice as hard”(6) as Scout describes her.
Although Mrs.Dubose ends her addiction, the attitude she develops begins to agonize the people around her. Immediately upon after Scout introduces what kind of disgusting and mean behaviour Mrs.Dubose tends to have, she then mentions ‘’We could do nothing to please her. If I said simply as I could, ‘’Hey Mrs. Dubose,’’ I would receive for an answer ‘’Don’t you say hey to me, you ugly girl! You say good afternoon, Mrs. Dubose!’’ (Lee 133). In the process of giving up on painkillers, Mrs. Dubose also agrees to accept people’s perspective on the kind of woman she is.
Novel Response Reading 1. Explain a character's problem and then offer your character advice on how to solve his/her problem. Mayella Ewell has a big problem, to say the least. She’s abused by her drunken hate-filled father, lonely and unhappy. Although her shameful indictment of Tom Robinson is unacceptable, she also is a victim of abuse, and she still needs help.