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Posted May 21, 2013 at 1:56 AM via web

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How does the expression, "It takes a village to raise a child" relate to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 21, 2013 at 3:24 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout and Jem are raised by their father, but with a lot of input and love from the neighbors.

This expression means that many adults are needed to help raise a child.

Scout describes her relationship with Miss Maudie as “not clearly defined.”  The children are allowed free reign of her yard as long as they don’t mess things up, and that they were careful “to preserve the delicate balance of our relationship.”  

Yet soon Scout grows closer to her and Jem spends more time with Dill.  Miss Maudie gives them an unfiltered view of the neighborhood, and tells them background about their father.

She made the best cakes in the neighborhood. When she was admitted into our confidence, every time she baked she made a big cake and three little ones, and she would call across the street: "Jem Finch, Scout Finch, Charles Baker Harris, come here!" (ch 5)

The children also get parental advice from Calpurnia, Alexandra, and Miss Stephanie Crawford.  During the trial, they have talks with Mr. Dolphus Raymond as well, and he tells them about racism and life.

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