Examples Of Conformity In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Don’t be a conformist. Don’t be common. Be an individual. Conformity, although prevalent in society past and present, is never the answer. As individuals, we were made to be unique. Our insight alone is greater than the elementary principles of the crowd. However, if we conform to societal beliefs, as many of the racists did in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Harper Lee), then what are we? Uneducated, crowd-pleasing citizens who won’t form our own values. The inability to form our own values causes everyone to cast the same vote. No one expresses different opinions, every white man downgrades African Americans, every male is “superior” to every female, and every child is of lesser value to adults. So, by being an individual, although one may be yelled…show more content…
history, America can tackle the negligent ways of our uninformed society.
To begin with, conformity, as it is present in the southern United States due to a poor system of education, has resulted in the makings of a more racist environment. In the south, there was previously and is currently an education deficiency. In Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the narrator Jean Louise “Scout” Finch begins to realize the uprising of a more racist society beginning in the late 1930s and early 1940s. As the contagion spreads, Scout reaches the age at which she must attend school to receive an education herself. On the first day of Scout’s academic career, a young boy named Burris Ewell leaves class for the rest of the year. He claims, “Been comin’ to the first day o’ the first grade for three year now” (Lee, 36). However, according to one of Scout’s classmates, “The truant lady gets ‘em ‘cause she threatens ‘em with the sheriff, but she’s give up tryin’ to hold ‘em. She reckons she’s carried out the law just gettin’ their names on the role and runnin’ ‘em here the first day. You’re supposed to mark ‘em absent for the rest of the year” (Lee, 36). The setting of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, although it is a fictional place, is
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In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, sexism is a prevalent issue that has yet to be tackled. In Chapter 4, Scout relates a comment made by her brother, Jem, saying, “I was not so sure, but Jem told me that I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that’s why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with” (Lee, 54). This instance is one of many in which women are being degraded by fellow males. Due to the constant and never-ending harassment by Jem, Scout is convinced that “acting like a girl” is unfavorable, seldom wearing dresses or practicing ladylike qualities. This issue of sexism is still very much present in today’s society, because, based upon an article published by the National Partnership for Women & Families, “In Kentucky, median annual pay for a woman who holds a full-time, year-round job is $33,704 while median annual pay for a man who holds a full-time, year-round job is $42,203. This means that women in Kentucky are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to an annual wage gap of $8,499” (“Kentucky Women and the Wage Gap”). With this difference in pay rates between men and women, Kentucky women lose a combined total of around five billion
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