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Atticus and Alexandra disagree about how to deal with the children. How does Atticus...

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kjwal | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 23, 2010 at 1:35 PM via web

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Atticus and Alexandra disagree about how to deal with the children. How does Atticus handle the situation?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 23, 2010 at 1:45 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that you are talking about what happens at the end of Chapter 13.  In that passage, Atticus comes to talk to Jem and Scout.  It is clear to them that Aunt Alexandra has asked him to do this.

What she wants the kids to do is to be more aware of their place in the social structure of Maycomb.  She wants them to act more as if they are important because they come from a good family.  Atticus tries to deliver the message, but you can tell his heart isn't in it.  He eventually just tells them to forget it -- they should go back to acting how they usually do.

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suraj300 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM (Answer #2)

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Atticus takes the situation into his own hands and tells Jem and Scout about how their family is highly superior to the rest in Maycomb and Scout and Jem are shocked at the same time a little angered by this

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