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Posted February 9, 2009 at 5:03 PM via web

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In Chapter 13 of To Kill a Mockingbird, how does Aunt Alexandra involve herself in Maycomb's social life?

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amycrawford33 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 9, 2009 at 6:32 PM (Answer #1)

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The fact that Aunt Alexandria has turned up to help Atticus, shows a sense of family this would have been a large part of life in Maycomb. The women within the social circle would have excepted her on this basis.

Along with her appreciation on how women should show appropriateness at all times, she also took to Maycomb county her understanding of hierarchical status within the town, this was another reason for her acceptance within the town.

At the beginning of the story Aunt Alexandria is very racist against African Americans. This opinion would have helped her to fit into Maycomb.

Aunt Alexandria also starts a missionary circle with the Maycomb ladies, this would have been a social gatheriong which would help her to fit in better. She does take Scout alon with her to one also to try and force to be more lady like.

She is also a sterotypical Southern women, who believes in finery but no excess, she can be ignorant sometimes, which helps her to fit into the women's social circle when she arrives.

 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 22, 2011 at 1:15 AM (Answer #2)

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When Aunt Alexandra arrives in Maycomb, ostensibly to take care of Jem and Scout during Atticus' involvement with the Tom Robinson case, she immediately settles in "as if she had always lived with us... Maycomb welcomed her." She left her husband, Jimmy, behind at Finch's Landing, allowing her plenty of time to socialize with neighbors. She had "long visits" with Miss Stephanie; she had coffee with Miss Rachel; and even the rarely seen Mr. Radley paid her a visit. In addition to her hosting the Missionary Circle of the Maycomb Alabama Methodist Episcopal Church South, Alexandra becomes the secretary of the Maycomb Amanuoensis Club (apparently a group of former secretaries). She undertakes the task of trying to make Scout a lady--with decidedly mixed results. At the end of the story, months after the end of the trial, Alexandra remains with Atticus and his family, and it appears that she has no intention of returning to her out-of-the-way home at Finch's Landing.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 22, 2010 at 5:32 AM (Answer #1)

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In this book, the Finches are sort of outsiders in Maycomb society in the sense that they don't always act the way they are supposed to.  By contrast, Aunt Alexandra is very much a mainstream person as soon as she comes to live with them.  She seems to fit in with their town more than they do.

You can see this, for example, with her involvment in various clubs.  She comes to be an important part of the Missionary Society and gets to be famous for her refreshments.

To me, this goes along with her efforts to make Scout into a lady.  Aunt Alexandra's general role is that of a more socially acceptable and orthodox person.

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