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Stereotyping Of Women In The Novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" By Harper Lee.

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The Stereotyping of women is common in literature and it is not any different in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The ladies of Maycomb are excellent examples of stereotypical roles women play in a "man's world. Scout's observation of the ladies of Maycomb is ..."Ladies seemed to live in faint horror of men, seemed unwilling to approve wholeheartedly of ...[men]." " ...There was something about...[men] that I instinctively liked...they weren't---" "Hypocrites," page 234The ladies of the missionary circle that the ladies of Maycomb belong to is a stereotypical role for women. They sit around and have a business meeting that involves the discussing of the horrible uncultured and uncivilized communities of the world. They talk about the poor savages and how their beliefs are horrible while they do not scrutinize their own indiscretions. The social part of the meetings are a time for gossip and to give their opinion of what the towns people are doing wrong and how they should change. This circle of ladies is a stereotype that is pressed upon Scout because of her Aunt's presence in the Finch home.Aunt Alexandra role in this novel is to provide a background for Jem and Scout. Aunt Alexandra believes that because the Finch family has land and comes from a line of landowners that have been around for generation that they deserve respect and are on the higher end of the social circle of Maycomb. Aunt Alexandra refuses to be associated with black and the poor. She treats Calpurnia as the help instead of a member of the family like the rest of the household does. Aunt Alexandra tries her hardest to mold Scout into a lady and she has tried to explain the importance of social standing and background to her as well. But these things to not interest Scout in anyway. She does want to please her Aunty but she also does not want to be confined to one way of thinking and one way of conducting yourself in the world. Aunt Alexandra is viewed as an upstanding citizen and a lady. Aunt Alexandra's views social standing are a stereotype of women from her time.Miss Stephanie Crawford is the town gossip and if anything in town happened she was right there to see it and hear it all. Miss Crawford is the stereotyped nosey neighbor and the lady that knows all of the news. Miss Crawford is the person that supplies the children with most of their information on the Radley's. Scout sees Miss Crawford as someone who is a busy body and one that is not to be modeled after.While Scout is growing up in a man's world she is expected to behave like a lady. She has many ladies setting examples for her but they all seem to fall short in the eyes of Scout. Her short list of women who she looks up to in Maycomb is Miss Maudie and Calpurnia. Miss Maudie does not treat Scout as if she is not behaving as a lady should she respects her and her innocence. Miss Maudie treats Scout with great respect and allows Scout to spend time with her in the garden or on the porch. Miss Maudie, unlike...

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