To Kill A Mockingbird Sexism

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Sexism is a conflict that has gone on since humans were able to distinguish one another between genders. Harper Lee’s, To Kill A Mockingbird manifest conflicts on segregation and ideal images based on what is already perceived. Scout’s character in To Kill A Mockingbird is seen as unfeminine, causing the people of Maycomb to want to make Scout more ladylike. As the novel progresses, Scout starts to realize the gender role set up in Maycomb County and the role that is required of Scout. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee focuses on Scout’s point of view because society has dictated Scout’s change as a female through Scout’s inexperience, tomboyish attitude, and authority.
Scout, an innocent child is inexperienced with, society dictating strict
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Scout’s “manly ways” is a significant part of the person Scout is. Scout has been in numerous fights over the course of the novel from Cecil Jacobs to even Scout’s cousin Frank. With a conversation with Ms. Merriweather, Scout stresses the topic about how men seem to be less intolerant and more fair-minded than women who talk about one’s petty concerns and high standard dress codes. Scout seems to question on why society is the way it is. In addition, Aunt Alexandra attempts numerous times to teach Scout on what it takes to be a true lady. Towards the end of the novel, during the gathering of the females Scout who usually wore pants and a shirt, wore a dress instead of overalls. Although this seems such a little artifact, it shows the beginning of Scout transforming into the ideal women that are expected by the society. Similarly, when Scout knew brand names of the make up the ladies wore. Scout voice, “Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere, but this feeling was what Aunt Alexandra called being "spoiled." The ladies were cool in fragile pastel prints: most of them were heavily powdered but unrouged; the only lipstick in the room was Tangee Natural” (Lee 307). Scout attempts to fit into society as a lady, by knowing types of makeup brands. As a female living in Alabama during the 1900s, one did not have these type of rights. Scout transforms from a young tomboy picking on boys into a lady who knows brands of makeup and wears

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