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An Analysis of the Male and Female Differences in Harper Lee's Novel To Kill A Mockingbird and John Steinbeck's Short Story The Chrysanthemums
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Accepting Differences The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and the short story Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck deal with male and female differences between characters The characters of these stories experience tensions and complexities with dominance gender and maturity However by the end of both stories the common differences these male and female characters face help them with understanding and tolerance between each other The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells of the gradual ethical awakening of Scout Finch and her brother Jem They become aware of their differences and learn that people and things can often be more or less than what they seem The narrator of this novel is Scout Finch and everything that happens is seen through her eyes leading Scout to discover several differences and tensions with her older brother Jem The novel begins when Scout is only five-and-a-half years old but she already has a complex and interesting personality Scouts mother died when she was two and her father is a scholarly man in his fifties who has no idea of how to play with his children or talk to them on their own level Scout has taught herself to read at an early age and she has a vocabulary equal to that of many adults Scout spends most of her time with her older brother Jem playing outside and has gained a high level of respect for him Scout looks to Jem for support and wisdom although he is often wrong in his advice For example Jem thinks that entailment is having your tail in a crack20 when it actually has to do with the way property is inherited Scouts confusion increases when Jem tells her at recess that Miss Carolines system of teaching is something called the Dewey Decimal System 18 Of course Jem is wrong about this The Dewy Decimal System devised by Melvel Dewy is a way
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