Scouts Journey to Womanhood Essay

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As girls grow in life, they mature and change into women. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Scout, the main character, begins to mature into a woman. In the beginning of the book, she is a tomboy who cannot wait to pick a fistfight with anyone, but at the end, she lowers her fists because her father, Atticus, tells her not to fight. Scout’s views of womanhood, influenced by how Aunt Alexandra, Miss Maudie, and Calpurnia act, make her think more about becoming a woman and less of a tomboy. In the beginning of the book, Scout is a tomboy. She acts, dresses, and walks like a boy because when she was little her mom died, leaving her in a house with two men, Jem and Atticus. Scout has a lot of masculine influence but no…show more content…
As a last resort, she gets Atticus to talk to her and Jem. “She asked me to tell you you must try to behave like the little lady and gentleman that you are. She wants to talk to you about the family and what it’s meant to Maycomb County though the years, so you’ll have some idea of who you are, so you might be moved to behave accordingly.” (133) Aunt Alexandra is mad at Atticus for defending Tom in the trial because it does not look good for the family name. At the tea party Scout’s views on Aunt Alexandra change, “When she had them on the road, Aunt Alexandra stepped back. She gave Miss Maudie a look of pure gratitude, and I wondered at the world of women. Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra had never been especially clock and here was Aunty silently thanking her for something” (233). Scout respects Aunt Alexandra a lot more after this scene happens; she sees that womanhood is not exactly how she imagines it and that it might not be that bad after all.      Aunt Alexandra is a total opposite of Miss Maudie, the kind woman who lives across the street, and is always there for Scout to talk to. She does not judge people based on what she hears from the other women in town, but rather simply lives her life maintaining a broad-minded view about the trial and many other things. She calls

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