To Kill A Mockingbird Gender Analysis

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Gender Roles In Society Though girls and boys are known to specific “boundaries,” they should not be expected to act completely different from one another. Society puts down females day by day just because they don’t “act like girls.” But what really does it mean to “act like a girl?” Every person, regardless of gender, is a representative of the human race. So, should girls of today be ignored, held to implausible standards, and forced to deny their true personalities? Girls are often ignored and treated differently than guys. In Chapter 5 of Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout reflects on her summer and how she spent the majority of it without her brother Jem and their friend Dill. “But I kept aloof…show more content…
The obsession of the color pink, the non-athletic abilities, and the simple things like how women walk or hold their books. In Chapter 9 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee also approaches the stereotypical expectations of females. "I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants."(Lee 81). Aunt Alexandra was horrified with the fact that Scout did not live up to the standards society had of women. She believed Scout should be wearing dresses, not running around wild like a boy. To further outstretch this topic of stereotypes, an article published in August 2014 by The New York Times stresses the phrase 'throw like a girl' and the hidden aspects of it. On the second page of the article, the author speaks of stereotypes of the female community. "Such restriction, constriction, and fragmentation can be observed in many everyday movements, including the way a woman walks, sits, and carries books."(Anthamatten 2). He then later states that "the woman experiences herself as rooted and enclosed."(Anthamatten 2). A young girl named Mo'ne Davis was told by her teammates that she 'throws like a girl' and didn't understand how that could be so. All throughout the world, women are discriminated against and held to ridiculously high expectations that restrict them from living their
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