Kill A Mockingbird : The Heroine Of Your Life, Not The Victim

1669 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim” is a statement that the female characters in To Kill a Mockingbird emulate through their actions (Ephron). This statement, written by a woman, urges other women to not stand by when difficult situations arise, but to have the strength to overcome those situations. This strength is hard to find, especially in a male-dominated world such as the setting in To Kill a Mockingbird. The setting takes place in the early 1930s. Common knowledge reveals that the further back one goes in history, the less and less rights women have. During the 1930s time period, women were seen as second best compared to men. Women were to act as “ladies” whose biggest problem was what to serve at a missionary tea. Scout sees this when she describes proper women as “bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum” (Lee 5). However, even though women were seen this way in the story, does not mean the female characters acted similarly to this. The women in this story, specifically Calpurnia, Helen Robinson, Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra, showed incredible strength in times of great trial. They disproved the common myth of women being inferior and instead paved their own path. The female characters in To Kill a Mockingbird present Scout with a wide array of situations that show strength in a male dominated world.
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