Essay about Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1111 Words Aug 24th, 2015 5 Pages
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a classic tale that gives an accurate depiction of southern Alabama during the early 1930s. It capitalizes on the racism and sexism that runs rampant throughout America within the time period, and retells the stories of the citizens in a sleepy, fictional town named Maycomb. Amongst them, a young tomboy named Scout recalls her life surrounding the events of the Tom Robinson case, and how she changed throughout those four years. Throughout the story of To Kill a Mockingbird, it is clear that Scout is a dynamic, round character that progressively matures from the beginning of To Kill a Mockingbird, during events such as Tom Robinson’s trial, and ends with better developed qualities at the novel’s conclusion.
From the very beginning of To Kill a Mockingbird, young Scout’s reckless attitude and literary prowess set her apart from her peers. Scout is a tomboy who is “usually mud-splashed or covered with sand,” despite how odd it may have been for a lady in that the time period (Lee 149). This puts Scout under a constant pressure to be more feminine by the few female role models she has. Her Aunt Alexandra demonstrates this as she pushes Scout to stop wearing overalls and to behave like a lady, which only upsets Scout as she feels patronized for being herself. During the same family gathering, Scout also gets into a fight with her cousin, Francis Hancock, when he insults Atticus. Despite her attempts to heed her father’s warning about…

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