To Kill a Mockingbird

As Scout eavesdrops on Atticus and Aunt Alexandra, she says, “I felt the starched walls of a pink cotton penitentiary closing in on me….” What does Scout mean by this comment? What literary term is demonstrated here?

Chapter 14

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Scout is referring to Aunt Alexandra's desire to turn her into a lady. The "starched walls of a pink cotton penitentiary" refer to dressing like a lady, something that for Scout resembles a prison (no more tomboy). 


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