In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Atticus allows Scout to be herself because Atticus realises that at this age, Scout becomes more of a tomboy. Despite other ladies picking on Scout to be more “ladylike”, Scout simply ignores their requests. Although Atticus listens to Aunt Alexandra’s nagging of making Scout more “ladylike” and getting her to “wear a dress”, Atticus does not do anything about it to solve it. Atticus does not care about how Scout looks. So, if Scout is concerned about wearing a dress, Atticus will not bother about it because it is up to her whether she wants to wear a dress or not.
Corresponding to her drowning financial state and unclean physical appearance, she is not wanted by other white people. Scout, the narrator in the story and a girl who witnesses events throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, reveals this conclusion, by saying “white people wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she lived among pigs.” (Lee, Chapter 19) Telling the audience that Mayella did not have an advantage of being white at the time. During Mayella’s time with her father, Tom Robinson, the accused rapist, said Mayella had kissed him, and upon doing so, Bob Ewell says “you goddamn whore, I’ll kill ya.” (Lee, Chapter 19) Showing any sexual interaction or contact with black people was highly frowned upon and that Bob Ewell is
In “homage to my hips” by Lucille Clifton, she talks about her self-confidence. Clifton is proud to be the woman she is and no one will get in the way of how she feels about herself. Clifton tells readers in this sentence “they don’t fit into little petty places” (524), she is saying that she is confident with who she is, and she is just fine with her size. She says that she will not be around petty people that will judge her, because of the way she looks. Clifton will never think that she is worthless because of what other people think of her.
Jem’s embrace for the insect world really shows this irony, and the roly-poly’s innocence really shows its symbolism. Jem, who always tells Scout to, “not be a girl,” grows to be more “girlish” than Scout, and the defenseless roly-poly certainly shows this well. Jem cares more for more casual and innocent life now, and he is no longer mean to things that don’t bother him. This is a really important lesson actually, more people should learn to be like
Scout's race in To Kill a Mockingbird affects the tone, voice, and content of the narration because it is in the tone of a white woman looking back from the perspective of herself as a young white child in Jim Crow South. A young white child's tone is different because she has no idea of how bad it is for African Americans in her town. Since things have just always been that way and the racism never directly affects her she is mostly unaware of it. She wonders why Calpurnia uses the front door when the rabid dog comes down the road because she has just always used the back entrance and doesnt recognize why or that it is disrespectful. For the most part of the novel the narrator's voice is the voice of Scout, as a 10 year old white girl.
However, she never expresses what defines a good man, which suggests her unsteady moral foundation. The grandmother also explicitly articulates the racism that was unfortunately common in the South, ironically prevalent in the religious and upper middle class circles like the ones she belonged to. Despite her beliefs, one cannot be a good person, or a lady, as a racist. The grandmother fell definitively short of the title she was attempting to give herself. As stated, the Grandmother is not alone in her opinions.
“Uzi it hurts, leave you double-dead, I 'm a bubble head, I never listened to nothing my mother said” (Page 176) His mother warned him that the streets were no joke and that she didn 't want him hanging with his negative crew because they would only bring him down. MK was on the route of becoming just like Uzi and being put into jail because he was making the same bad decisions as his
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s love for the south isn’t shown in the book, but the Finch Family’s love for each other is very evident. One Finch Family’s love for each other is how much Scout loves Atticus. She loves him very much and shows it as much as she can. Both Jem and Scout respected Atticus a lot because he respected them and treated them like adults. These kids were ready to stop everything to make Atticus happy.
Scout, being a child, she thinks the society is free of evil and it’s pure basically because she hasn’t been in contact with evil. Just like any other child she engages in several activities oblivious of the ramifications that follows. As a child she doesn’t understand the injustice that is enshrined the society and the glimmering racism. There is a continuous struggle between good and evil throughout the story, each part wanting to overcome another. The transition of Scout and Jen from childhood to adulthood forces them to live with the fact people can’t be purely good and also they aren’t purely evil.
Despite Scout’s tender age she understands that everyone deserves fair treatments no matter where they come from. It’s the same reason that forces Aunt Alexandra to reprimand her warning her that no Finch girl should interact and even consort with the Cunningham when she innocently wants to spend more time with Walter Cunningham. This social set up frustrates her efforts to make friends of her own and also choosing who spend time
In the book to kill a mockingbird there is a character named Dubose she is strict and ill old lady. A reason she is strict “playing hookie i suppose i 'll just call the principal and tell him”(but it 's saturday)this shows that she is strict and she tried to blame them on breaking something and she kept criticising them for things like scout wearing overalls and saying she should be in a dress. And she keeps talking about ther dad and how he is working with an african american and saying. (sided 2) “Your father 's no better than the niggers and trash he works for.” and she tries to change the kids how she wants them to be not how atticus wants them to be. Also miss dubose is a ill lady because when she is about to argue with jem and scout
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout matures throughout the book as she matures her innocent nature is gradually lost and she realizes how senseless and brutal people can be. In the beginning she has still not seen any of the bad things people do in the world. Her innocence at is first shown when Dill asks Scout to marry him because they don’t now what marriage really is they both go along with it and say that they are married from then on. Another example of Scout’s innocence is when after she goes to school and gets in trouble she comes home and tells Atticus that she does not want to go to school anymore. She says that Burris Ewell only comes one day then goes home lie it would be a good thing to be a Ewell because you would not
Also Scout realizes how her teacher was being hypocritical. Her teacher was always telling them “Over here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced. Prejudice,”(245) which shows her teacher is against persecution, then Scout over hears her teacher saying that it is good thing Tom Robinson was convicted because the blacks were getting too “high and mighty”. This meaning it is ok to persecute blacks and that she was contradicting herself.
One more reason Calpurnia is a better mother figure is because she brings Jem and Scout up just a little harder than a mother would. Atticus says to Aunt Alexandra, “she’s never let them get away with anything, she’s never indulged them the way most colored nurses do. She tried to bring them up according to her lights, and Cal’s lights are pretty good” (Lee 183). This statement shows that by not letting them get away with anything she is trying to help form them into contributing members of society. This statement also shows Atticus’s trust in her raising his kids right, which is another reason why she is a good mother figure.
“She never lets a chance escape her to point out the shortcomings of other tribal groups to the greater glory of our own …” (page 172) In this quote, Scout is talking about how Aunt Alexandra doesn’t ever let a chance to nag people about how pure her family is and how impure their families are. This, however, is just her facade so she could hide her true self. In the following quote, it will show how Aunt Alexandra really is and this is after Atticus tells her, Scout, Calpurnia, and Miss Maudie that Tom died trying to escape jail. “I thought Aunt Alexandra was crying, but when she took her hands away from her face, she was not. She looked weary.