Monday, April 20, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird: Issue on Feminism

               I didn’t get that much time to read these past couple of weeks in To Kill a Mockingbird, but in what I read, I learned that people always told Scout, she can’t do manly things. She was scolded for not wearing a dress but wearing pants, playing with boys, not playing with “girly” things like a tea set. Back in the day society didn’t allow girls/ women to do things men did. They were not equal, and still today lots of people still have that mind set.

               That upsets me that people are still like that today.  I support women equality in jobs/opportunities in fields where it is male dominant, like engineering, manufacturing, CEO positions at companies, politics, and entrepreneurship. I agree with Scout, you should let women do the same jobs as men. It doesn't make sense why women can’t do the same things as men. We both have the same ability to be successful. Men shouldn't undermine the power of women.

               In the book, I feel empathy towards Scout. She has to grow up thinking playing with dolls and having tea parties is the right way to behave. She was told that when she cussed or wore pants, she would be a disgrace to the family, which isn't true in reality. With that mindset, people begin to grow stereotypes downgrading girls/women in becoming fragile, delicate, shy. Bold, confident, and intelligent girls became rare back then. 

              Attached to this post is an ad showing how people raise the girls not letting them do "manly" things and stick to trying to look pretty. Girls should be able to feel beautiful and smart at the same time and shouldn't let people tell them they can't do things just because they are girls. You should be able to achieve your dreams and aspirations no matter want gender you are. We are all the same.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird: Post 2

               I recently finished up to Chapter 9 in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Up till now, Harper Lee describes the life Scout and Jem live. Lee also describes and introduces Boo Radley. (The mystery man) Boo Radley shows the opposite of what rumors were told of him. He shows care to Scout and Jem even though they still think he is a murderous man. Then later, Scout’s dad, Atticus gets a case that a black man (friend of his cook, Calpurnia’s) who is charged for rape of a white woman. They don’t get into detail about the case, but Atticus has a serious discussion with Scout about segregation in their society.

               Along with this quick summary, I also put a link to spark notes showing the themes, symbols, and motifs spark notes thought of the book. There are multiple lessons in the book that are very important. It also shows how segregation was like back in that time period. I haven’t gotten very far in the book and sometimes the book goes all over the place so it’s sometimes hard to understand.

Some of the themes in the book are:
  1.         The Coexistence of Good and Evil
  2.        The Importance of Moral Education
  3.         The Existence of Social Inequality