Character Analysis in To Kill a Mockingbird
One of the main themes in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is the contemplation of human behavior. This book asks the question of human goodness and answers it with the childhood experiences of Scout and Jem Finch. Scout and Jem are introduced to prejudice and cruelty throughout the book, and Scout shows through these situations that she is independent, intelligent, and curious.
Scout likes to have fun and do things her way. When Aunt Alexandra comes to Maycomb for a visit, Scout describes her, saying, “. . . she had river-boat, boarding school manners; let any moral come up and she would uphold it; she was born in the objective case; she was an incurable gossip. When Aunt Alexandra went to school, self-doubt could not be found in any textbook, so she knew not if its meaning. She was never bored, and given the slightest chance she would exercise her royal prerogative: she would arrange, advise, caution, and warn.” While Scout does not greatly dislike Aunt Alexandra, she is not fond of her. Scout describes her as pompous, uptight, and opinionated. Scout is the opposite of this. She likes to have fun and go with the flow. When Scout, Atticus, and Jem have gone to see the rest of the family for Christmas, Scout remembers a conversation between her and Aunt Alexandria: “It had something to do with my going around in overalls. Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly 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 . . . . I should be a ray of sunshine in my father’s life. I suggested that one could be a ray of sunshine in pants as well . . .” Aunt Alexandra criticizes Scout about her attire and says that she needs to act more like a lady, but Scout doesn’t want to be a lady. She is a tomboy and wants to have fun. She thinks being girly is silly and frivolous, and likes to do things her own...
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