Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 1 decade ago

i need help! i can't find this answer in to Kill a mocking bird.?

why does jean think she is being put into a "pink penitentiary"?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I have put your reference into brackets below, you will see it in its context.

    Jean Louise Finch (Scout) - Character Analysis

    ...Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn't supposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra's vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father's lonely life. (9.74)

    Scout takes Aunt Alexandra’s crusade against her pants as also against her freedom, and she doesn’t seem too far off. For Scout, being a lady-in-training means giving up all the things she likes to do and replacing them with what others expect her to do, and Scout is having none of it: “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” (17.24). More...


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  • 1 decade ago

    she's a tomboy and her aunt wants her to wear a dress and play with tea sets and the like and "be a ray sunshine in her fathers life" I think this is when her aunt moves in and tries to teach her to be a lady

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