Character And Characters Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Two worlds There is a famous saying that says, “look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man and act like a boss”. In the 1930’s women were expected to be polite and wear dresses, while men were hard-working and were forced to be like gentlemen. Scout Finch, the daughter of Atticus Finch, in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird ,by Harper Lee, has characteristics of a tomboy, but there are many feminine expectations forced on her. Scout refuses to listen to the edified teachings of her Aunt Alexandra, Mrs.Dubose, and other upper-class women of the Maycomb County. She prefers to go her own route, following her curiosity and searching for her true identity underneath her tough skin. Harper Lee specifies that gender inequality and roles are major themes tied together during the time period in Maycomb. Harper Lee develops Scout’s character and hints clues of her masculinity throughout the book, while also comparing and contrasting her characteristics with other women in the society. Even though from a very early age, Scout thinks that qualities of a women are ridiculous, and actions of a boy are good, she tries to avoid being a girl by acting more like a tomboy. “I was not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things that’s why other people hated them so…(54)” The nickname of Jean-Louise Finch, “Scout”, symbolically is very gender neutral. In the beginning of the book Jem places Scout between a woman and a man by saying,
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