Strong Women In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Women are usually seen as fragile, and in need of a manly influence. In reality, women are strong, independent people who don’t need a man to help them in life. In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is set in the 30’s during the Great Depression in Maycomb, Alabama. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch is a young girl who matures through the story by questioning social and physical things in Maycomb. Scout and her brother Jem are both influenced by very strong women, such as, Miss Maudie, Mrs. Dubose, and Aunt Alexandria.
Miss Maudie, the Finch’s neighbor, is a strong friendly influence in Scout and Jem's life. As being viewed as a sinner by the “foot-washing baptist”, Miss Maudie teaches the kids to listen to others beliefs but not to take it to heart. “Grieving child? WHy, i hated that old cow barn. Thought of settin’ fire to it a hundred times myself, except they’d lock me up” (Lee, 97). When her house burned down, she explained to the children how better things count from the struggles in life. During the missionary tea circle, Miss Maudie stands up for Atticus and in doing this
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Miss Maudie is known to be respectful yet stay strong on her beliefs. Mrs. Dubose was expected to be just a mean old lady but, she has a struggle that she is trying to get rid of. Aunt Alexandria is a very mature and opinionated person. All of these women have influenced Scout and Jem a lot and all in different ways. There are many women in the community who provide a strong influence on the kids but, Miss Maudie, Mrs. Dubose, and Aunt Alexandra have the biggest influence. As this novel puts womanly influence on the children it is brought to life. Usually men are thought to be the “ man of the house” and to influence and care for both women and children. Although in reality it is usually the “ women of the house”. As women provide better care and a bigger influence on both men and

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