To Kill A Mockingbird Appearance Vs Reality Analysis

Words: 1140
Pages: 5

Appearance vis-a-vis Reality.

The most common superhero trope is the secret identity. The hero often represents a quality people aspire to have: when Batman fights criminals at night, he is a symbol of justice unfettered by corruption or hesitation. He is good and diligent at heart; that is his true nature. To avoid detection Gotham’s criminals, he constructs the fake identity of Bruce Wayne. Bruce appears vain and obsessed with money, but in reality, is only the thin veneer of a person made to conceal Batman inside. Bruce Wayne is the “mask” Batman dons to hide himself from the invasive spotlight of the world. Likewise, In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, many characters disguise their innate tendencies to avoid the scorn. Their obfuscated identities cause others to make incorrect assumptions about them. Good men appear complacent, and
…show more content…
Although she is cruel and indifferent to others, this is hidden behind her veil of gentility. By the standards of the era, she is practically aristocratic. Hailing from plantation owners and comprised of doctors and lawyers, the Finches are affluent members of society. Aunt Alexandra gladly accepts her social status. Chapter fourteen describes how she seamlessly fits into Maycomb’s high society: she gossips among her friends, she is a member of the Missionary Circle, she is the Secretary of the Maycomb Amanuensis Club. By her outward appearance, she is the picture of refinement. Jem describes a penchant of her’s in chapter 13: “She never let a chance escape her to point out the shortcomings of other tribal groups to the greater glory of our own”. By outlining the flaws of others, she hopes the juxtaposition makes her appear sophisticated. Aunt Alexandra thrives in the hierarchy of historic Maycomb, where she can be perceived as virtuous regardless of the wickedness she harbours beneath the