Aunt Alexandra And Atticus In Go Set A Watchbird By Harper Lee

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Aunt Alexandra and Atticus didn’t always see eye to eye on how Scout should be raised. Since Atticus had been raising Scout alone since she was two, he had never forced her to act like a girl, as it was something he probably wasn’t familiar with and wouldn’t have been able to teach. He simply wished that Scout would make her own decisions and learn from her own experiences. Jem was taught by Atticus, since Atticus was a gentleman Jem simply had to observe. For Scout though, observing wouldn’t have been enough. Yes, she could have spent more time with Miss Maudie or Calpurnia, but she wished to run around outside with her older brother, and Atticus was fine with her decisions. Even though he was a single father, Atticus didn’t want or need Scout …show more content…
In the 1930’s and 1940’s, it would have been a lot harder for a woman to run around doing the jobs typical of a man, until the war started. As tradition would still stand prominently within a strong southern society, like that of Maycomb, for Scout it was probably tiresome as she grew up. Her experiences described in Go Set a Watchman with puberty, boys and girls, and even as she’s older, manage to show how her boyish childhood heavily affected her life. She wasn’t taught about certain things, like how pregnancy worked, for example, and they caused her great stress. As they would for a girl who grew up playing outside instead of aiding a mother or female figure around in the …show more content…
For one, Scout wouldn’t of fallen asleep backstage and of felt the need to wait until the crowd had left; it’s possible that someone else would have tried to intervene and of caused Boo Radley to have stayed in the shadows and would have allowed Jem to be killed. Also, her having forgotten her shoes allowed her to know their location even though they waddled through the dark, and she was able to direct Heck Tate to the location of the attack since Jem had told her about the soft dirt around trees. Finally, her independence made it so that she kept on her costume instead of having Jem carry it, since she was capable of doing so herself, the costume itself saved her from being wounded or killed.
In conclusion, To Kill a Mockingbird is still relevant today. Not only are gender roles and gender stereotypes still strong ideas within our everyday society. We, as teenagers, are able to learn from this book. Whether it be for us to learn about the difference between right and wrong or about how someone else grew up. Even though the book was originally published in 1960, we can still make everyday connections with it, which I believe is why more people should read

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