To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mocking Bird

“Cry about the simple hell people give other people- without even thinking”
My considered opinion of this novel in the light of this comment.

If Harper Lee had limited her portrayal of prejudice and discrimination merely to the trial of Tom
Robinson, a victim of the most virulent form of racial prejudice, “To Kill a Mockingbird” would probably be little more than a historical footnote. Wisely, though, Lee manages to tie racial prejudice to the many other forms of prejudice we all face every day of our life.
Remarkably, the novel begins by focusing not on the racial prejudice that dominates much of the story but, instead, on the kind of insidious
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I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn 't supposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra 's vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea set, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father 's lonely life.
Scout suffers because she is a “tomboy” and does not fit others’ stereotypes of what little
Southern girls should act like. However, she does realize the prejudice against women when she goes to Calpurnia’s church and hears the minister’s sermon:
Again, as I had often met in my own church, I was confronted with the Impurity of Women doctrine that seemed to preoccupy all clergymen.
It seems remarkable that such sexism can pervade the very churches where women seem to be the staunchest supporters. After all, it’s not pure coincidence that every small town seems to need both a church and a bar, now is it?

Of course, the reason these forms of prejudice are often overlooked in this novel is that the racism that dooms Tom Robinson when he tries to help Mayella Ewell is much more dramatic. Though racial discrimination seems most virulent at the Ewell’s level, all
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