Kill A Mockingbird : Overcoming Stereotypes Reveals Truth About Characters

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To Kill A Mockingbird: Overcoming Stereotypes Reveals Truth About Characters

During the heart of the Great Depression in Maycomb County, Alabama, an individual 's appearance, values, and reputation often are sources of limitation to the categorical minds of society. In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, confinement of even the most complex characters expresses the limiting scope of view of the prejudice society. Atticus Finch, a prosperous small-town lawyer and single father of Scout and Jem defies his stereotypes of being weak and impotent in his career, as well as in his ability as a father. To his kids, he serves as a source of emasculation and embarrassment in comparison to other fathers from Maycomb. His erudite nature and aged appearance, with his seemingly passive occupation are read by society as cowardly and incapable of masculine tasks. The town’s sociopath, Arthur “Boo” Radley, comes off as an insensitive recluse who resorts to violence in his anger, as in the case of his father, as rumors state he mercilessly murders him with a pair of scissors. By distancing himself from society, the only information society knows about him are snippets of unreliable gossip from the town’s crier, Miss Stephanie Crawford. Atticus’s age, moral values on the colored folk, and his lawyer occupation earn him a distinct reputation from the other characters. He is considerably older than fathers of other children close to Jem and Scout’s age, yet defies his stereotyped weakness

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