never had a
woman to raise her. Her Aunt Alexandra doesnt approve of her
unladylike behavior and tries to change her tomboyish tendencies.
Scout resentment to being called a girl is really shown because she
always takes the word girl as an insult, Aunt Alexandra is staying
with them for an extended period so to scouts dismay, she realizes
she must follow her aunts rules. Scoutss aunt makes her wear a
dress because that is how a lady is supposed to dress in those
times but as read, scout hates to have to wear a dress and doesnt
want to change the way she has been all her life just because he
aunt comes to town. Scout spends much of her time with her older
brother and constantly trying to prove herself as his equal. I
felt the starched walls of a pink cotton penitentiary closing in on
me, and for the second time in my life I thought of running away.
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182) this quote from the novel really expresses and shows scouts feelings towards femininity when she uses the word penitentiary it really goes to show that she feels that she is being trapped and suffocated in a dress or as she calls it a pink cotton penitentiary and she wants to escape it right
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