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How do you explain Lula's antagonism towards Jem and Scout?

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rlaresn | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 22, 2011 at 4:21 AM via web

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How do you explain Lula's antagonism towards Jem and Scout?

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hilahmarca | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted August 22, 2011 at 5:13 AM (Answer #1)

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Lula May is quite different from Calpurnia's character in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Calpurnia always wanted to be accepted by the white townspeople in Maycomb, so she learned to read and taught her son Zeebo how to read. Being educated and beina a part of a very important white family in Maycomb, the Finches, makes it easier for her to be somewhat accepted into white society. When she's around the African-American townspeople, she speaks and acts differently than when she is in the company of the white townspeople. Lula, however, doesn't make any effort to fit in with the white population of Maycomb and wants to keep it that way. Furthermore, she resents any white people who try to make their way into her world, the world of the African-American people. This explains why she is so upset when Calpurnia brings Scout and Jem to her church.

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