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Stereotyping in "To Kill A Mockingbird"
Transcript of Stereotyping in "To Kill A Mockingbird"
"To Kill A Mockingbird"
Page 54 -- "I'm not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, thats why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with."
Page 69 -- "Scout, I'm tellin' you for the last time, shut your trap or go home---I declare to the Lord you're gettin' more like a girl every day!"
Page 108 -- "Aunt Alexandra was finatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to 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."
"Boys don't cook." I giggled at the thought of Jem in an apron.
What exactly is stereotyping?
Stereotype : to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same
Page 175 --- "Thus the dicta No Crawford Minds His Own Business, Every Third Merriweather Is Morbid, The Truth Is Not in the Delafield, All the Bufords Walk Like That, were simply guides to daily living."
This shows stereotyping because saying that all girls imagine things is
putting a characteristic on a group of people with individuals that may, or may not do that.
Once again, Jem is associating being a girl with doing a certain thing that not all girls do. In this case, it is being scared and whining.
Aunt Alexandra is saying that all girls should be ladies,. Also that all ladies don't wear pants, or even do the type of thing that requires them. She is assuming that Scout wants to be a lady.
This example is showing that in the early 1900s, men and boys were always given the characteristic of doing manly things and working. They didn't think anyone wanted to cook. They are trying to say that all boys and men are manly and strong, even if some aren't.
This example of stereotyping is more specific, making a family name define whether the person is honest, a gossip, or nosy.
"You know how they talk among themselves. Everything that happens in this town's out to the Quarters before sundown."
In this quote, Aunt Alexandra is talking about how all the black people in town cant keep their mouths shut and just gossip all of the time, which isn't necessarily true of all of them, maybe just a few.
"The witness for the state, with the exception of the sheriff of Maycomb County, have presented themse;ves to you gentlemen, to this court, in the cynical confidence that their testimony would go along with them on the assumption- the evil assumption- that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women..."
"They said it was because she found out about his colored woman, he reckoned he could keep her and get married too. He's been sorta drunk ever since."
Everyone thinks that the only way a white man could have a family with colored people is if he is drunk all of the time. The stereotype is that white and black people can't be together unless they are somehow messed up.
The example of stereotyping in this sentence is the idea that some people assume all blacks are a certain way, can't be trusted, and do bad things.
"Walter's one of the Cunninghams, Ms. Caroline."
This example shows stereotyping because in the next few paragraphs Scout explains how all of the Cunninghams are poor and don't take what they can't pay back.
" Our father didn't do anything. He worked in an office, not a drugstore. Atticus did not drive a dump-truck for the county, he was not the sheriff, he did not farm, work in a garage, or do anything that could possibly arouse the admiration of anyone."
They think that anyone, in this case their dad, who works in an office and is getting older is not interesting and has nothing about them to be admired. They later find they were wrong to stereotype office workers as being boring when they discover that their dad is "Ol' One Shot"