I know why the caged bird sings
by Andrea Elizabeth
The last chapter in Echo and Narcissus analyzes the film, To Kill a Mockingbird. After the first section, “Father/Lawyer”, I still think she goes a little far in pushing her points, but the kernels are valid. White supremacy also includes the marginalization of women and, (I wonder if she’ll get to Boo Radley, who was a man, and who was silenced more than anyone) the odd. But Ms. Lawrence implies that Atticus is actually blaming Mayella for trying to attract a black man, but he’s actually blaming the system that would make that so taboo, and which is responsible for her childishness and ineptitude.
He is authoritarian though, and I think that works against him somewhat. It makes him come across as almost condescending. Should no one be in charge? Not ready to say that, but consideration could be taken for how much the underlings are being squelched and if that’s really the only way.