Sexism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The Era of Black and White To Kill A Mockingbird takes please in a time and setting when major issues such as racism, sexism and other types of discrimination were only beginning to become overcome. The reason for these issues was a great lack of knowledge. As society advanced and education became a priority, these issues deterred to a great extent. Education was to be increased in peoples, in order to defy and prevent prejudice decisions. Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird was written in 1960. The book was first banned in schools and libraries due to profane language and graphic descriptions. However it was later accepted as an analytical and educational piece. Harper Lee shows that within the novel, prejudice truly revolves around…show more content…
It is applied to both genders however it is much more dominantly evident against females. As a girl, Scout is expected to be interested in “clothes and boys” and her interests are to be restricted. “We decided that it would be best for you to have some feminine influence , it won’t be many years Jean Louise, before you become interested in clothes and boys” (Lee, 127). Aunt Alexandra tells Scout that she needs to mould herself into a lady. She is to turn her attention to lady-like hobbies. Women are merely objects of display and necessary utilization. Scout is treated as a “girl” not only by society but also by her brother because that is his opinion of females. “I was not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that is. Why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could go off and find someone to play with” (Lee, 119). Jem tells Scout that she is acting like a “girl”. Society has made him think that way. Jem being Scout’s brother is prejudice towards her because he is ignorant. Women are expected to be “ladies” and to behave prim and proper. Scout is also expected by society to behave this way. “I carefully picked up the tray and watched myself walk to Mrs. Merriweather. With my best company manners I asked her if she would have some. After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I” (Lee, 318). Aunt Alexandra hosts a tea party at the house and Scout is expected to behave respectively. She is to be mannered and offer tea to the guests, in a lady like manner. Women have been oppressed for generations after generations, and been seen as the inferior gender. With the progress of time, women’s empowerment has increased and prejudice assumptions towards women have
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