Isolation In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Fitting into your environment often times is imperative to many. Feeling welcomed and accepted into an environment is an important part of happiness. The feeling of inferiority contributes to isolation or need to challenge society's views on a stereotype that was placed upon a person. When a person placed in what could be a foreign environment or a hometown there is still an existing need to blend in with others, talk like others would, and as well look like everyone else. Feeling accepted unfortunately is not the case for everyone in the small town of Maycomb. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird this idea is displayed with many characters that are a whole variety of people. Throughout the novel Scout, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson are all…show more content…
Since Scout is a girl, she is viewed as a delicate flower- sweet and innocent. Scout is not one to take on this stereotype type of what a woman should be. When her Aunt Alexandra moves in she notices this instantaneously. Aunt Alexandra tells Scout “ Jem’s growing up and now you’re too.. we decided that it would be best for you to have some feminine influence” (pg. 169-170) Since Scout is not growing up to be a lady and is different than a typical little girl Aunt Alexandra wants to change her and make her into her view of a perfect lady. She displays a persona of a tomboy and doesn't dress typically like how a girl would at the time. She loves to wear her overalls and always play with Jem whether it’s at school or at home. Jem is an important part in Scout's life. Jem does not treat her as if she were a proper lady and calls her out when she is acting like one. “Scout, I’m tellin’ you for the last time shut your trap or go home- I declare to the Lord you’re getting more like a girl every day!” After Jem days that to her she automatically follows him and Dill to the Radley lot. When Jem calls her a girl, he uses it as a derogatory term because both Scout and Jem are aware that she does not fit into that stereotype. Throughout the novel Scout notices the inequality between the two sexes and what gender roles they’re supposed to play. “ I was more at home in my father’s world…. Ladies seemed to live in faint horror of men.” (chapter
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