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Gender Stereotyping in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Transcript of Gender Stereotyping in To Kill a Mockingbird

"'They'd been sewed up. Not like a lady sewed 'em, like somethin' I'd try to do.'" -Jem, (78)
"'You'll get in trouble if you go around saying things like that. You want to grow up to be a lady, don't you?'" -Uncle Jack, (105)
"When stalking one's prey, it's best to take one's time." -Scout, (110)
When individuals are pressured to adhere to gender roles, it may cause them to question their identity, which can pressure them to either conform to the stereotype or break it.
Theme #2
When individuals deem certain charcteristics and actions unfit for a certain sex then do those behaviours themselves, they demonstrate hypocrisy which can lead to further injustice.
Quote #1
"I don't want to hear any words like that while I'm here. [...] You want to grow up to be a lady, don't you?" (105)
Quote #2
Gender Stereotyping in
To Kill a Mockingbird

When individuals recognize the importance of admirable character over the pressures to conform to gender stereotypes then they are able to develop their identity without being confined by the conventional gender roles which allows them to feel comfortable in who they are, not who society wants them to be.
The theme we've chosen to study is the gender construction/stereotypes in the novel
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee. Gender construction in the 1930s is shown through stereotypes, hypocrisy and people who are able to understand that character is a more important characteristic than the fulfillment of a person's gender role.
by Hayley Naeth, Elazabeth Cundact, and Alason Harman

"Gertrude, I tell you there's nothing more distracting than a sulky darky." (310)
"There are no better people in the world than the Jews, and why Hitler doesn't think so is a mystery to me." (329)
Quote #3
To Kill A Mockingbird
, Scout faces pressures from her family along with other Maycombians to shape her identity into a mold created by society. However, she proves that as long as you have influences that support your decisions it is possible to break the expectations that were created by others. Also,
To Kill A Mockingbird
shows the build up of gender hypocrisy that can lead to other forms of hypocrisy, which ends up showing individuals' ignorance and prejudice.
"Aunt Alexandra looked across the room at me and smiled. She looked at a tray of cookie on the table and nodded at them. I carefully picked up the tray and watched myself walk to to Mrs. Merriweather. With my best company manners, I asked her if she would have some. After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I." - page 318
" Atticus is a gentleman just like me." (131)
"Sister, I do the best I can with them!" It had something to do with my going around in overalls." (108)
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