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To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAMB) was written by Harper Lee in 1960 taking place in 1930s Maycomb County Alabama. The story is a historical recount of Lee (Scout)’s childhood, during which her father (know an Atticus) lawed for Tom Robinson who was charged with raping Mayella Ewell. Other key characters are Calpurnia (their colored house keeper) and Jem (Scout’s brother). As a result, many forms of prejudice are written into TKAMB. Some of these include gender, racial and social factors and will be discussed throughout the course of this essay. These prejudices surrounded the people of Maycomb every day and influenced their outlook of the world thus giving them such wayward views on the world. These days, a woman working in law or wearing pants is nothing out of the ordinary, but in the era of TKAMB, it was almost unheard of. Gender prejudices are most clearly shown in Aunt Alexandra. From chapter 13 onwards, she joins the Finch’s household, with the purpose of offering some feminine influence on Scout. “We decided that it would be best for you to have some feminine influence. It won’t be many years, Jean Louise, before you become interested in clothes and boys” - Aunt Alexandra (Ch. 13, pg. 138). Evident by Scout’s reaction, she doesn’t want any feminine influences. “I could have made several answers to this: Cal’s a girl, it would be many years before I would be interested in boys, I would never be interested in clothes…” – Scout (Ch. 13, pg. 138). Another form of gender
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