To Kill a Mockingbird

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Scout Finch as “a tomboy most frequently clad in overalls, Scout spends much of her time with her older brother Jem and is constantly trying to prove herself his equal.” Throughout the novel, Scout is impacted by gender discrimination, along with other women in Maycomb. Aunt Alexandra tells Scout a few times that she could not hope to be a lady if she wore breeches. Aunt Alexandra also expects Scout to play with stoves, tea sets, and necklaces. Aunt Alexandra is not the only person who discriminates women. Even Atticus, who does not judge anyone, also discriminates against women. On page 221, Atticus tells Jem that women are not allowed to serve on juries in Alabama. Atticus even jokes that the court would never get a complete case tried with women on the jury because women would interrupt to ask questions. Scout even agrees with Atticus on this. She says, “Perhaps our forefathers were wise.” Gender discrimination is not only directed at women, but to men and boys as well. An example is when Dill tells Scout “boys play baseball with other boys”. If a girl does something that is usually done by boys, such as baseball, she is usually frowned upon. In Maycomb, social status is also determined by wealth and background. One large type of discrimination in the novel is socioeconomic discrimination. Jem even acknowledges this on page 226 by stating, “There’s four kinds of folks in the world. There’s the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there’s the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes.” Aunt Alexandra also tells Scout about social status in Maycomb. She states, “The thing is, you can scrub Walter Cunningham till he shines, you can put him in shoes and a new suit, but he’ll never be like Jem”. She also says, “Finch women aren’t interested in that sort of people.” She even goes as far as to blatantly tell Scout that Walter Cunningham is trash. Scout gets angry with Aunt Alexandra for saying...
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