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"Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle- Herman Melville (Moby Dick author)" - Teacher

To Kill a Mocking Bird

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 08:22 AM
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Have you ever felt you had to dress a certain way or you would not be acceptable? Aunt Alexandra wants Scout to dress like a young lady to be respectable, but Scout thinks she can dress as she would like and still be a respectable person. One reason is she can do anything any other woman can in a dress. Also, there are no girls her age. And the most important, it is a free country.

When other women do chores in the house wearing a dress they aren’t out in public, so, why dress to impress? Scout can do dishes and the laundry, if she had to, in overalls. When she goes to school and does her school work she does it fine in jeans and a t-shirt. When she went to town with Jem to get her baton, she was in Jeans so she could be comfortable. In addition, what if she got mud on a dress? Would Aunt Alexandra like it? Probably not, she would be furious and mad she had to get a stain out because Scout is not responsible enough.

Another reason is she lives in Maycomb, Alabama, where there are no girls her age she wants to be around, so she hangs around with boys. When you do the activities guys do, like play rough, you can’t wear a dress. Would Calpurnia like it is she had to spend all day cleaning out grass and mud because she was in nice clothes when she was playing with friends? Aunt Alexandra would probably prefer Scout stayed in and played school or dress up with other girls, taking away a large part of Scout’s life. Also, to be accepted by her friends she has to dress like them, in jeans and t-shirts, not dresses.

Lastly, it is a free country. Our ancestors came her to get away from England, to be free. Scout can dress as she likes. Aunt Alexandra has no say in how she dresses, but as an aunt and motherly figure to Scout, she does. Otherwise, Scout should be able to dress how she wants because it is a free country.

Scout wants to dress as her friends do, in overalls and t-shirts. If Aunt Alexandra were to make her dress in dresses and act...


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