If everyone was the same, the world would never change. This statement is supported in Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill A Mockingbird.” In the novel, conformity is a mandatory social convention. When one doesn’t follow rules and regulations, others may see them as an outcast.In the novel Lee also explores the idea of how someone’s home life strongly affects them.Lee does this while demonstrating what it was like to live during the great depression, a time where racism was predominant.
The protagonist of the story Scout Finch and her brother Jem are exposed to this racism and ignorance which is shown in the traditional behavior of the townspeople.But in the end, differences allow for positive growth and change within the community.
By not conforming to gender roles it provides positive change and growth within the community.In the novel the main character Scout Finch is growing up along side her brother.
She tends to be more of a tomboy who enjoys the same activities as her brother, Jem. During this time period girls were to wear dresses, “‘What are you doing in those overalls? You should be in a dress and camisole young lady!’” (Lee 135). Scout resists the norm and wears overalls for comfort. She is able to play and run better in pants rather than a dress that everyone wants her to wear. Scout does not care for being a lady, she does not want to be restricted to specific activities that she has no interest in because of her gender.
She would much rather play alongside her brother. Later in the novel, her Aunt Alexandra moves in to help with the kids. “‘ We decided it would be best for you to have some feminine influences it won’t be many years Jean Louise before you become interested in boys and clothes’”(Lee 170).However Scout sees their housekeeper, Calpurnia, as the only female role model she needs in her life.Calpurnia has always let Scout express herself, and wear whatever she pleases.Scout parti…