Theme Of Patriarchy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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One of the goals of the literary theory of Feminist Criticism is to highlight and expose the patriarchy and misogynist behaviors and beliefs towards women. This theory can be applied to many literary works, including Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. In the final moments of Tom Robinson’s trial, Atticus makes a speech to the jury. Throughout his speech, Atticus makes several comments on how Tom Robinson did not commit the crime at all, blaming Mayella Ewell for bringing a false statement to court. Atticus ensues that Mayella’s desire to form a relationship with Tom was “...stronger than the [racial] code she was breaking…” (Chapter 20, pg. 224), and that she had to “...destroy the evidence of her offense.” (Chapter 20, pg. 225). While it
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