To Kill A Mocking Bird Literary Analysis

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Hannah Moton
Mrs. Santos-Garner
English 2 Period 7
March 15 2017 To Kill a Mockingbird Literary Analysis
"The Ultimate lesson all of us learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well,"(Elisbeth Kubler-Ross). In the 1960 bestseller "To Kill a Mockingbird" readers are presented with Scout's perspective on what is occurring around her. In the beginning of the novel Scout addresses her family traditions and background. The novel had taken place during the Great Depression and readers are able to see the many contrasts and interactions among the characters as the story progresses. In Harper Lee's novel the reoccurring motifs that contribute to the major theme, Maturation, these consist of prejudice, gender
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Scout explains, “Aunt Alexandria was fanatical on the subject on my attire…. She said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandria’s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets and wearing the add-a-pearl necklace.”(Lee 108).In the 1930’s woman were the housewife and mother, cooking and cleaning while the men were at work, while the men were considered the breadwinners. Aunt Alexandria isn’t accepting the fact that Scout doesn’t want to do or dress to the gender normality’s. It is mentioned that when we are younger the girls are preferred to get cooking based toys or baby dolls while, the males get career related toys. Society placed a gender difference between males and females; being taught subliminally as young children what our role in society is. In addition another example of gender stereotyping. After the dead of Ms. Dubose Jem began to adapt to Maycomb’s normality’s on the topic of gender equality. He yells” Its time you started bein’ a girl and acting right!”(Lee 153). The 1930’s was an era where women weren’t seen as humans but as objects, being characterized as fragile and delicate and expected to act like it. Scout being the opposite of the ideal, the town criticizes not only Scout but Atticus as