Scout was beginning to put away her tomboyish acts and started acting like a young lady, "She seemed glad to see me when I appeared in the kitchen, and by watching her I began to think there was some skill involved in being a girl". This quote can be seen as a point where Scout started seeing being a girl a good thing rather than bad. Her brother Jem used to make fun of Scout when she would act like a girl, saying that girls are weak. Making this change from being a tough tomboy to a tough girl is a pretty big deal. In chapter 24, when Aunt Alexandra is hosting her missionary tea at the Finch’s Residence, Scout is inside instead of being outside to avoid it. She’s also wearing a dress, a pink one at that, in place of her usual shirt and shorts.
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My windsock, represent Scout Finch, with the symbol overalls. I chose Scout because she 's the main character and had a big impact on the book. I choose overall for her symbols because she continues to wear them as fighting against people trying to attempt her to be a lady. She 's not the average girl who dresses up and acts nice. She the type of girl who would fight with her fist instead of her mind.
“ you never really understand someone until you consider things from their point of view.” (lee 36) While standing on the front porch of the radley's place scout reflects on the past two year’s, from arthur's point of view, she finally understands what atticus taught her in chapter three. In to kill a mockingbird scout begins to mature in a way, this does not even begin to occur until the end of the story in chapter 31. Scout is young 9 years to be exact , but she is starting to pick up things here and there on little life lessons atticus has taught her. An example of this is when scout is asked by arthur to walk him home, but she wants to be respectful, she takes him home arm in arm as if he were being a gentleman.
Scout’s Aunt Alexandra want her to be more like a girl and start dressing like one. " Women were treated as delicate, fragile creatures, and they were expected to act with that treatment. Scout was anything but delicate and fragile, and a good deal of the story focuses on her attempts to fit into a world that expects tomboys to wear frilly dresses and maintain a dainty disposition. Scout always like hanging with the boys and she really didn’t like wearing girl clothes.
Even when Scout is called a girl or young woman she is disgusted. This behavior is seeming to arrive or be exposed while aunt Alexandra is in town. Scout states “I felt the starched walls of a pink cotton penitentiary closing in on me, and for the second time in my life I thought of running away, Immediately”. (155) (The Artifical) This is
Scout is told by Alexandra what is expected of southern women. Furthermore, Jem says to Scout “you’re gettin’ more like a girl every day”(Lee 58). Jem judges girls like they are annoying and pesky, even though Scout, who only this once was similar to this effect, is also a girl. Aunt Alexandra and her group represent what Scout so desperately goes against. Alexandra constantly pesters Scout about becoming more like what is expected of her as a southern woman.
People take their social standing very seriously, and if the stereotypical line is crossed, judgment will be spewed everywhere. Girls are expected to be proper, and be complete southern belles. “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches;” (108) Aunt Alexandra wants Scout to act more lady-like, and also does not want her to be doing anything that is physically demanding. She thinks that ladies have to stay inside, play with their teapots, and dress up in pearls.
TIME FLIES Do you remember a time where you could run around and play? A time at your house where you had no worries. In the story To Kill A Mockingbird the silent process of aging takes many of the children’s childhoods. The book tells of racial diversity and the effects of it on a man and his family.
Scout is more playful and tomboyish. She prefers to play outside with Jem and Dill rather than play with other girls, and she refuses to wear dresses. This is shown when Scout says “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn 't supposed to be doing things that required pants,” (Lee 108).
The Mighty Little Scout Did you grow up in a racist community where the blacks and whites did not get along at all? To Kill a Mockingbird is by Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird is about how 2 children are growing up in a very racist community.
Scout’s peers had a very powerful emotional effect on her. " Scout, I'm tellin' you for the last time, shut your trap or go home—I declare to the Lord you're gettin' more like a girl every day!" With that, I had no option but to join them. - Scout in Chapter 6 of To Kill a Mockingbird. This quote is a great explanation of the judged stereotypes during this time period.
Influences of Aunt Alexandra and Atticus Finch The main characters in the novel responsible for Scout’s construction/ development would be her Aunt Alexandra and her father Atticus Finch. The Aunt, who tires to manipulate Scout into becoming the conventional lady that society has laid out in front of us; where as Atticus encourages Scout to continuing being who she is. Through out the novel there is a huge focus on Scout 's clothing as it is an important ingredient for her to develop her female sense of self. However her aunt’s pushiness in what she should be wearing, makes Scout hate the idea of being a female even more, as her aunt wishes to mold her into stereotypical southern lady. “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire.
These things are seen as Scout ages in the form of her dirty overalls, her way of behavior and attitude towards others, and her maturity level. Girls are often expected to act more “ladylike” which forces them to mature much more quickly than others could. It is this exact idea that causes Scout to lash out and be more aggressive than a “lady” would be. “Jem was scowling triumphantly. “Nothin’ to it.
“I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, [Alexandra] said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants” (Lee 67). Aunt Alexandra expects Scout to fit into the role of a woman, even at such a young age. Another example of the harsh standards placed on Scout is shown when Alexandra is having tea with her friends in chapter 24. Miss Stephanie says, “well, you won’t get very far until you start wearing dresses more often”
Scout said, “"Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra’s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father’s lonely life. I suggested that one could be a ray of sunshine in pants just as well, but Aunty said that one had to behave like a sunbeam, that I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year...." (108). This quote illustrates how Scout pushes against gender stereotypes, and this is the root of conflicts between her and Aunt Alexandra.
Becoming a lady is something Scout finds it intensely challenging ever since the start of the novel. She prefers both dressing and acting as a tomboy and as accurate enough, they are always pointed out and more or less, she is pressured into acting more ladylike by a few people. Scout even states “Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere...” (Lee