Women’s Significance in To Kill a Mockingbird

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The naïve female protagonist in To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout, is maturing and she begins to notice the horrors of being a woman. Scout is put into an environment where she realizes how the women of Maycomb County speak about others when they are not righteous themselves. The women in To Kill a Mockingbird are symbolic of race, religion, education, as well as women’s rights. The novel takes place around the 1930’s. When the North defeated the South in the Civil War, Slavery was abolished in December of 1865 but, that does not stop the small, traditional Southern towns from being prejudice against African Americans. The reader realizes this when Miss Meriwether speaks about her maid. She treats the African Americans like animals or objects rather than human beings. We see this again when Scout describes the way Aunt Alexandra treats Calpurnia. She makes Calpurnia feel irrelevant to her life. According to Darren Felty’s criticism, Harper is trying to reveal the Southern prejudices in the South.
Lee wants to make explicit the consequences of racism and to guide the reader's judgment of this episode in the novel. She accomplishes these goals, in part, by employing Tom Robinson's trial to allude to the famous "Scottsboro Boys" trials of the 1930s. These trials featured nine black defendants accused of rape by…
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