Gender Roles And How They Influence Essay

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Gender Roles And How They Influence To Kill A Mockingbird
“The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult” (Valenti). Harper Lee was ahead of her time, and did all the things society said she was not supposed to. From cutting her hair short, to going to law school and eventually becoming a writer. All of these are examples of what women should not do in the 1960s.. She never married which even today is considered to be a woman’s greatest accomplishment. Her whole life she faced criticism for going against gender norms, but yet she did not conform to society. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee introduces the idea that society should not enforce gender roles on women, because she believes women should be able to express themselves in their own way. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout is pressured to be ladylike despite how she actually wants to express herself. Aunt Alexandra comes to live in the Finch household when she thinks Atticus is not fit to raise the kids on his own. Part of the reason she moves in with them is because she thinks Scout needs a role model to show her how to act like a lady. In the 1930s, it was frowned upon if women wore pants, but this was something Scout loved to do. Aunt Alexandra did not believe in the feminist movement that existed at the time. Which means she criticized Scout when she wore overalls or pants. Scout was not a normal girl she is not…

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