"To Kill A Mocking Bird" By Harper Lee: How The Ideology Of Expectations Played A Significant Role Throught The Book

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Expectations.In "To Kill a Mockingbird", the author, Harper Lee, makes it clear that the expectations that Aunt Alexandra had for people were immoral. Aunt Alexandra expected Scout to dress and act like a lady. She wanted her to do things, such as wearing dresses, talking like a lady, and not doing things that boys do. However, Scout was not ready to make that change, because she was used to doing the exact opposite of what Aunt Alexandra asked her. She was doing things that boys would do, like wearing overalls, running around outside, and even fighting with other people. This was a reason that Scout did not like her Aunt very much; on the other hand, Scout had much respect for Atticus ...view middle of the document...

However, with the influence and advice of Atticus, Scout disregarded her Aunt's guidance. Aunt Alexandra will always be a part of Scout's life, but Atticus will be as well. Therefore, the balance of what would seem to be opposite poles will be there for Scout, and will enable her to choose who she wants to become.Atticus and Aunt Alexandra's way of judging people are diverse in their ideology of what and how to judge. Aunt Alexandra just wants Scout to be more ladylike. Aunt Alexandra scolded Scout once for not dressing in a way the way that she had asked; "...She said I wasn't supposed to be doing things that required pants"(86) However Atticus only asked Scout to be a kind and honest person, and to try and get along with others. Before Scout almost fought Cecil Jacobs, Attics told her, "You might hear some ugly talk about it ["it" Referring to a conflict that arose between her father, in a community that still discriminated on the basis of race] at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head up high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don't let 'em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change...it's a good one, even if it does resist learning."(80). Atticus is involved in a civil case that could end his practice of law. Aunt Alexandra, and the rest of the town were against Atticus defending a "Negro," but Atticus did what was right. Atticus was trying to teach...

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