Essay about Analysis Of ' Kill A Mockingbird ' By Harper Lee

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From what I have noticed from reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the theme of gender equality affects the way females are portrayed and even treated. After retrieving the tire from Boo Radley’s front yard, Jem, Scout’s older brother says, “I swear Scout, sometimes you act so much like a girl it’s mortifyin’” (page 50). Jem implies that being a girl is portrayed as being an annoyance or even dead weight to him as well as not wanting to hang out with them at all. This correlates with how women in today’s modern society are seen as a hindrance to a certain degree.
The book stays true to its intended timeline. In addition to females being treated unfairly, African Americans are treated even worse, which eventually leads to Scout being bullied even more. From my understanding, white males are at the very top of the social ladder, white women a step below, and African-Americans at the very bottom. A primitive example of the way African-Americans were mistreated was during Christmas Eve dinner with the Finch family. Scout’s cousin Francis provokes Scout by accusing her dad of ruining the Finch name by being a “nigger- lover”. Francis says, “Grandma says it’s bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a nigger-lover we’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb agin. He’s ruinin’ the family, that’s what he’s doin’” (Lee 110). In addition to the unfair prejudice of African-Americans, Americans will also be looked down upon for trying to help them in…

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