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Aunt Alexandra thinks Scout is "dull" (not clever). Why does she think this, and is she...

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babypaige621 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 21, 2009 at 7:07 AM via web

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Aunt Alexandra thinks Scout is "dull" (not clever). Why does she think this, and is she right?

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted August 21, 2009 at 8:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Aunt Alexandria thinks Scout is dull because she doesn't have the basic knowledge of "society" that Alexandria feels she should. She doesn't always speak correctly, she gets in trouble at school, and she doesn't dress or act like a lady.

Scout is actually a very intelligent child, but she doesn't submit well to authority. She is loud and outspoken, and doesn't always understand the consequences of acting rashly. Atticus has taught Scout to think for herself, which is contrary to Alexandria's philosophy. Throughout the book, there is clear evidence of Scout's intelligence and maturing, as well as Alexandria's eventual understanding of Scout and Atticus.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | TA | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 31, 2014 at 4:26 AM (Answer #3)

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She believes that Scout does not have the proper view of society and thus calls her dull. She does not speak or act like a lady should all the time and she does not wear dresses as often as she should. Scour is very smart but when it comes to people bossing her around, she will not have that. She wants to be herself without conforming to something she is not. 

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 22, 2015 at 6:08 PM (Answer #4)

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Aunt Alexandra and Scout clash right away. Aunt Alexandra thinks that Scout is dull because she hasn't had a woman's influence in her life. Scout knows nothing of the way a lady should act in society. She disapproves of the way Scout acts and the things she says. Aunt Alexandra thinks she is dull because of the ways she passes her time. Scout has a hard time with her at first. She doesn't want anyone coming in and trying to tell her what to do.

"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 require 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."

Scout is actually very clever. Atticus has treated her like an adult, so she understands things that Aunt Alexandra might think is not good for young girls. Aunt Alexandra was also raised in a time when women had a certain place in the family. She wants Scout to be raised with the ideals she was raised with, but Atticus wants more for his daughter. Scout and Aunt Alexandra come to care about each other, and to appreciate the differences in the two of them. 

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