Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

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It is almost equivalent to a sin to be a woman. In Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Scout is conditioned to think that being a woman is the absolute worst you could ever be, and that having female characteristics is an abomination. Scout is told things such as “Shut your trap or go home—I declare to the Lord you’re getting’ more and more like a girl every day!” (Lee 58) and “Come on scout, don’t pay no attention to her, just hold your head high and be a gentleman” (Lee 117). Lee demonstrates how Scout was taught to glorify and establish male characteristics and traits to receive respect and acceptance. This is also demonstrated by the shock Scout experienced when she realized what it takes to be a woman, “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” (Lee 132). Scout had always believed a woman was the worst thing to be, being a woman meant you were weak, annoying, incapable, untrustworthy, and fragile. But throughout the book, Scout realizes the truth, which being a woman and doing “girl things” is no easier than being a man and doing “boy things”. Being a woman is extremely confusing and contradictory. While many lust after you, you’re also seen as a burden. In Richard Wright’s “Native Son”, Bigger was hesitant to share his crime with his girlfriend Bessie due to stereotypes of women being “big gossipers”, “A woman was a dangerous burden when a man was

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