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To Kill A Mocking Bird Essay

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The Gender roles in society have greatly changed throughout the years of America from puritan women who thought that showing skin was undoubtedly a sin from the flapper era in american history that welcomed the idea of women showing more of their sexuality. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird which depict the events that occur when a white man who defends an african american man during the era of the great depression and what results from the story. Gender roles are a prevalent theme in the story. Through the characters dialogue and Scout's narration, Miss Maudie is characterized as a modern women while aunt Alexandra is characterized by her adherence to tradition.
Maudie Atkinson is a modern day woman in her mannerism compared to a traditional woman such as Alexandra Hancock; Miss Maudie's futuristic view point is very apparent through her actions. She says in a conversation with Scout and Jem about the trial that is about to occur, “'Just because it's public, I don't have to go'”(Lee 159). Lee shows the characterization of Miss Maudie as a strong, rebellious woman for not attending the court case even thought its an event in the towns history where most citizens of Maycomb attended. Miss Maudie shows her independent thinking of a modern day women in the society of Alabama. She concluded that she does not want to attended the court case when she says, “' 't's morbid, watching a poor devil on trial for his life. Look at all those folks, It's like a Roman carnival”'(Lee 159). Maudie Atkinson illustrates her unique thinking because she gives her own opinion on the situation that is occurring. A majority of the citizens in Maycomb feel that Tom Robbins is guilty but Miss Maudie's mind is not conflicted by racial prejudice. Lee uses comparison of a Roman carnival, which is a slaughter of animals for the pleasure of the roman citizens of sacrifice to the court case that demonstrates the cruel injustice that is apparent in the novel. Miss Maudie is an independent thinking female while Alexandra Hancock is traditional women who follows rules and conforms to society. A conversation that Alexandra is involved in depicts her concerns about her representation in Maycomb when she says, “'now he's turned out a nigger-lover we'll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again'”(Lee 98). Lee shows Alexandra's traditional values when she says, “we'll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again” because Alexandra thinks that the actions of her family will reflect poorly on her behalf. Alexandra feels that by Atticus helping an african american, will reflect negatively on her. Alexandra's mind is...

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