Stereotyping of women in the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

Essay by BahkoUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, December 2002

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The Stereotyping of women is common in literature and it is not any different in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The ladies of Maycomb are excellent examples of stereotypical roles women play in a "man's world. Scout's observation of the ladies of Maycomb is ..."Ladies seemed to live in faint horror of men, seemed unwilling to approve wholeheartedly of ...[men]." " ...There was something about...[men] that I instinctively liked...they weren't---" "Hypocrites," page 234

The ladies of the missionary circle that the ladies of Maycomb belong to is a stereotypical role for women. They sit around and have a business meeting that involves the discussing of the horrible uncultured and uncivilized communities of the world. They talk about the poor savages and how their beliefs are horrible while they do not scrutinize their own indiscretions. The social part of the meetings are a time for gossip and to give their opinion of what the towns people are doing wrong and how they should change.

This circle of ladies is a stereotype that is pressed upon Scout because of her Aunt's presence in the Finch home.

Aunt Alexandra role in this novel is to provide a background for Jem and Scout. Aunt Alexandra believes that because the Finch family has land and comes from a line of landowners that have been around for generation that they deserve respect and are on the higher end of the social circle of Maycomb. Aunt Alexandra refuses to be associated with black and the poor. She treats Calpurnia as the help instead of a member of the family like the rest of the household does. Aunt Alexandra tries her hardest to mold Scout into a lady and she has tried to explain the importance of social standing and background to her as well. But...