To Kill A Mockingbird: Wearing Masks

Why do some people wear a mask? What drives or compels people to
become other than what they are? How can this relate to the characters in
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee? Some individuals wear a mask out of
fear, others in hope to establish a good image, still others to project
ignorance or their own opinions. I believe Jem, Calpurnia, and Atticus wear
these masks, therefore they will act as my test subjects in exploring the
reasons and solutions to wearing a mask.
I begin with Jem. Jem, in the book, begins as a character very much
appreciative of his sister. He shows respect and love for her many times
throughout the book, and demonstrates these characters up until the second
part ...

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may have been because of Jem
acquiring a mask. He began wearing this mask around the start of his
teenage years, as a result of pressures from peers, and a fear of not being
accepted. Even in these different social and economic times, the 1930's,
issues like popularity and social acceptance were real and present, just as
they are today.It is true that many teenagers today face challanges of
where to place their emotions and how strong they should be, a predicament
Jem was obviously faced with. Jem was afraid of not being accepted if he
accepted his sister, consequently, he wore a mask to project feelings of
discontentment with her and her behavior.
Calpurnia's situation may have been more obvious. Her mask was a
product of a language barrier, which she contrived in attempt to become
more refined and thus give her a higher status among white people. Jem and
Scout were very flabbergasted to learn of her "double life": "Cal," I asked,
"why do you talk nigger-talk to the-- to your ...

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