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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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