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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is Scout's relationship with Aunt Alexandra?

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Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is Scout's relationship with Aunt Alexandra?

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

Posted May 1, 2012 at 1:44 AM (Answer #1)

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Perhaps because she is younger or because of her hot temper and tomboyish ways, Scout does not get along with her Aunt Alexandra as well as Jem. Scout loves her aunt's cooking but not much else about her. Scout hates sitting at the child's table for Christmas dinner at Finch's Landing, and when Alexandra comes to live in Maycomb, Scout resists all of her aunt's attempts to make a little lady out of her. Alexandra brings Scout to tears when she refuses to allow Walter Cunningham to come and play, but things begin to get better in the final chapters. Alexandra appreciates Scout's attempt to be social at the Missionary Circle tea, and Scout even begins to see that her aunt is not all bad. Scout admires how Miss Maudie and Alexandra shake off the news about Tom Robinson's death, returning to serving refreshments as if nothing had happened.

... if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I.  (Chapter 24)

Alexandra blames herself for the events of Halloween night and not recognizing the importance of her premonition about "somebody just walked over my grave." But Scout doesn't overlook Aunty's kindness after she returns home from Bob's attack:

... had I thought about it then, I would have never let her forget it: in her distraction, Aunty brought me my overalls. "Put these on, darling," she said, handing me the garments she most despised.  (Chapter 28)

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