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Please give as much information you can about Mrs. Dubose in "To Kill a Mockingbird."I...

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courtney-marie | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 25, 2009 at 11:00 AM via web

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Please give as much information you can about Mrs. Dubose in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

I have a newspaper article project, and I need help with this part because I have to write an obituary about Mrs. Dubose.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 25, 2009 at 12:59 PM (Answer #1)

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If you are writing an obituary for Mrs. Henry LaFayette Dubose of "To Kill a Mockingbird," you will need to make up some things such as her age, to whom she was married, the names of any surviving relatives such as children and what towns/cities they are from as well as who the pallbearers are. (Atticus Finch, e.g.)  For, these are always included in the obituaries of small town newspapers.

That Mrs. Dubose battled a long illness would also be included; also, she was known throughout the town for her beautiful camellias.  Because she was a staunch Southern woman in her opinions, she was probably a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy. And, with the name Lafayette Dubose, her husband may have been related to the Marquis Lafayette who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

Use your imagination to fill in information not provided, but be sure to make this information "in character" with Mrs. Dubose.  Remember that Scout described her as the "meanest old woman who ever lived" because she scolded the children as they walked down the street.

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courtney-marie | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2009 at 5:09 AM (Answer #2)

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Wasn't it moprhine she was addicted too?..

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dalepowell1962 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted May 25, 2009 at 12:29 PM (Answer #4)

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, the reader might at first dismiss Mrs. Dubose as a troubling neighbor for the children, Scout characterized her as just a mean woman, but we soon learn there is more. Mrs. Dubose does not stay in her kitchen preparing meals all day and that puts her on the fringe of what is acceptable society. Atticus punishes Jem by having him read to Mrs. Dubose as retribution for ruining her garden, we learn that when Mrs. Dubose died a year latter, Jem learns that his reading to her helped her overcome a deadly addiction to heroin. Mrs. Dubose is also one of the ladies who let Jem and Scout know about Atticus's markmanship with a gun.

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