Influences In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Influences from a Mockingbird: Analysing a Writer’s Reason Years ago, in the South, acts of murder were heard of quite a bit but it was illegal. Why was it heard so often? Black people were not welcome or ever really wanted by white people. Simple, silly things could trigger a white person to kill a black person. Such as a black male whistling at a white woman. Or the lies of two white women leading to the arrest and execution of innocent men. Sometimes white people did not even have respect for each other. Whites of lower class envied those of a higher class. Women would sneer at one another for the way they dress. Not everyone is the same, there has to be some difference in the world. So, how does the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, written…show more content…
She had to grow up as a young lady, and live up to the expectations of women of all ages. In her story, the expectations of females in the South reflected on many people and characters. Young Scout was not willing to be more ladylike, but her Aunt Alexandra wanted to raise her properly like her mother would have. “Ladies in bunches always filled...[Scout] with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere, but this feeling was what Aunt Alexandra called being “spoiled”” (Lee 229). Women were expected to wear dresses and sit up straight while sitting. Their place was at home where she would take care of the children and clean. It was common for a group of ladies to have tea parties and to gossip. Usually women had to take baths in the middle of the day, and they had to change often. Women wearing men’s clothes and playing sports was considered improper and inappropriate. Aunt Alexandra disapproved greatly against the way Scout acted. Things like dressing more like a boy, and Scout picking fights with boys, and being loud and obstreperous. “When...[Scout] appeared in the doorway, Aunty would look as if she regretted her request;...[Scout] was usually mud-splashed or covered with sand” (Lee 127-133). Aunt Alexandra even preferred to call Scout by her real name, Jean Louise. Most women raised their daughters the way they were; but Scout never had that chance since…show more content…
Many things had changed throughout time, and it’s as it is now. To Kill a Mockingbird reflected many of the actions throughout the South in the past, like Murder of Emmett Till, the Scottsboro Trials, and Female expectations of the South. During this current period of time, black men are not always punished for doing insulting things, and they are not blamed for crimes without actual convincing evidence either. Women dress how they want and act how they want now, as if they have waited for the freedom they now have. Harper Lee put those past events in her own words and created a great novel for anyone to
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