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In chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird, how does Miss Maudie face adversity?

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mark222 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted November 9, 2011 at 8:23 AM via web

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In chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird, how does Miss Maudie face adversity?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 9, 2011 at 8:52 AM (Answer #1)

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Miss Maudie faces adversity with precision and poise. Moreover, Maudie looks on the bright side.

Miss Maudie's first encounter with adversity in this chapter occurs as the weather begins to change and Maudie has to determine what to do about her plants. She goes to careful effort to save as many plants as she can encouraging the kids to be careful around them and moving some inside for the heat.

Next, she criticizes Atticus over his ability to raise children appropriately. She has a loud, hand-flapping discussion with him about the "absolute morphodite" the children constructed in the yard. The discussion is all in good fun, but she gets her point across to Atticus in a way that he accepts.

Finally, Maudie's house burns down. She doesn't really grieve over the loss of her material items, but considers it an opporunity to start over:

Don't you worry about me, Jean Louise Finch. There are ways of doin’ things you don't know about. Why, I'll build me a little house and take me a couple of roomers and-gracious, I'll have the finest yard in Alabama. Those Bellingraths'll look plain puny when I get started!

This method for facing problems in life is a perfect alternative to the typical period of grief over loss. Maudie is a character to be admired.

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