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Posted April 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM via web

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What did Aunt Alexandra feel about the way Atticus was raising his children in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

Posted April 21, 2013 at 5:59 PM (Answer #1)

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Aunt Alexandra did not approve of the way Atticus raised her children by letting Scout dress and act like a boy.

Aunt Alexandra felt that her brother’s children needed a woman’s touch, since their mother was dead, and Calpurnia was not enough.  She seemed to think that Atticus did not inform them of the importance of their heritage and what it meant to be a Finch, because Atticus did not want his children to feel they were better than anyone else.

More than anything, Aunt Alexandra did not approve of how Atticus raised Scout.  She wore overalls, was allowed to swear, and ran around all day doing tomboyish things.

Aunt Alexandra's vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father's lonely life. (Ch 9)

Alexandra cared less about a child’s character, clearly.  Francis is racist and mean, and that suits her just fine.  All she cares about is the Finch name.

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