In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which is written by Harper Lee, it is shown how the south is overly proper. They are following the overly proper paths of their ancestors, who themselves lived in a time when America had slavery. An example of there overly properness is how they use their full names, such as Charles Baker Harris, or as he is commonly called Dill. Also many of the upstanding women of Maycomb wear very dressy clothes. They wear these clothes often, including when they go to the Finches for Aunt Alexandra's tea party. Another example is how the blacks have their place in the town and the whites have their place. The black's place is across the train tracks and the whites are on the other side of those same tracks.
The first example of the south's properness is how they use their full names such as Charles Baker Harris, or Dill.
The young children are told to call each other by their full names, such an example exists when Charles Baker Harris, or Dill, says this quote ""ÃÂ¦Aunt Rachel says your name's Jeremy Atticus Finch"ÃÂ(Dill, Pg. 7). Another example is that we, the readers, know the teacher's full name, which is Miss Caroline Fisher. The reason that is overly proper is that in today's society we usually don't know the teacher's full name. Also the kids know the elderly Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose full name. The upstanding women call Scout Miss Jean Louise Finch, even though almost everybody else calls her Scout.
Also many of the upstanding women of Maycomb wear very dressy clothes. They wear these clothes often, including when they go to the Finches for Aunt Alexandra's tea party. Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose, who was once an upstanding citizen, says to Scout "What are you doing in those overalls? You should be in a dress and camisole"ÃÂ¦"ÃÂ(Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose Pg. 101). Another upstanding woman, Miss Maudie Atckenson, says to Scout "Your mighty dressed today"ÃÂ¦"ÃÂ(Miss Maudie Pg. 229). Also Aunt Alexandra is worried that scout, who comes from an upstanding family, will work at the OK CafÃÂÃÂ© because she wears rugged overalls instead of a dress. The richer and often more upstanding whites live on one side of the tracks and the often poor and ill educated blacks live on the other side of the tracks.
The civilians of Maycomb believe that the whites have their place, and their own things and the blacks have their own place and things. The blacks have their own church "First Purchase African Church"ÃÂ (Scout. [Narrator] Pg. 118). Many of the blacks were still considered slave laborers even though the blacks were emancipated by Abraham Lincoln. The blacks weren't supposed to live on the same side of the train tracks let alone in the same house as whites. The whites had everything, a post office, jail, and nice homes where the blacks living conditions were bleak and rugged.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, which is written by Harper Lee, it is shown how the south is erroneously proper. TKM's characters, acting overly proper, follow the paths of their ancestors. They use their full names such as Charles Baker Harris, or as he is usually called Dill. Many of the women wear very dressy clothes, such as when a few of the upstanding women of Maycomb go to the Finches for Aunt Alexandra's tea party. The civilians of Maycomb believe that the blacks have their place and the whites have theirs. It is learned through this essay that through many reasons the south is overly proper, which sometimes hurts themselves. It hurts them because they are so concerned about their proper ways that they miss the true meanings of childhood, and race!