Scout Finch As A Tomboy Analysis

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Scout Finch as a Tomboy
While writing To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee used her protagonist Jean-Louise Finch to portray equivalence to her personal life because she also did not follow the community’s gender demands. During the novel’s time, strict social limitations were forced upon women that solely make them appear as unequal to men. Scout’s character sways away from the customary gender roles as a consequence of her upbringing she refuses to fit in within the mould of a traditional southern woman. Scout’s Aunt Alexandra emphasizes these conventions and prohibits Scout from challenging them she even have a vision for little girl in chapter nine as narrated by scout I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said
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Scout reacted in a violent way by losing her temper and engaging in fights with her classmates when she found out that they are disrespecting her father. In a family assembly, scout beat up her cousin after he claimed that Atticus disgraced the family name by being a “nigger-lover”. Her act was seen as a wrong behaviour for a young lady, so unlike men, women are not allowed to either have a temper or engage in fight as it’s recommended by the patriarchal society which makes them the Other in this case. Scout involuntarily settles in the centre of this gender discourse, where her options and deeds cause others to detect long-established gender roles she occupies a middle place between masculinity and femininity which is referred by Homi Bhabha as the third space .her her actions define her as a tomboy, which clashes with the paradigms of Maycomb society that only means that my not being a southern Belle, she is set to be the…show more content…
Because of the infamous reputation of her family nobody wants to befriend her ; the white people rejects her because she belongs to the white trash and the blacks refuses to reach out to her since she’s a white and her family is real trouble. She kissed a black man, Tom Robinson, so she no longer belongs with the other whites; the status quo was messed with. But she also used the stereotypes to help her cause in the court knowing that the all white jury will never believe a negro she did not change her testimony but enforced the helplessness that characterizes the women in that era to get rid of the guilt . She broke a long standing and sacred tradition in the south; women’s virtue, as a female Mayella showed all the signs of domestic oppression so she felt the need to obey her father even though he is the one to pay for the crimes.
Miss Maudie
Miss Maudie Atkinson; another resident at main centre street and the Finch’s neighbour, widowed at her forties .She prefers to wear old straw hats and overalls ;usually worn by men, especially when she’s working .miss Maudie does not luck any feminine qualities , her beauty reigns over the whole town but she has a feisty mouth and sharp
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