Is the character Scout Finch affected by social injustice in the book To Kill a Mockingbird?
I understand how charcters such as Boo Radley and Tom Robinson have been significantly effected by social injustice but would Scout?
Scout is pressured to become more like a southern lady and she struggles to keep her innocence. She is challenged to conform to a stereotype, when she would just like to follow her older brother as he seems to have more independence. Would this be classified as a social injustice?
Scout is affected by social injustice in an indirect manner, as well as having to deal with gender-specific expectations.
Much of the book focuses on Scout’s attempts to deal with the hatred directed at her father, Atticus Finch. Most of this hatred was due to the fact that Atticus was defending a black man, Tom Robinson, accused of raping a white woman. Scout finds it difficult to understand that her father could be right when so many people believe that he is wrong. Atticus’ explanations teach Scout that racism is a strong, irrational force, and that people like Atticus are needed to combat it. In this way, social injustice indirectly affects Scout’s understanding of the world, ironically in a positive manner.