What does Scout learn from Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra in To Kill a Mockingbird? 

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Scout learns a good deal from Miss Maudie. Though she is initially antagonistic with her Aunt Alexandra, she does learn to rise to the occasion through grace and restraint when Alexandra displays this ability in front of the missionary circle. 

At the meeting of the missionary circle, Atticus is attacked along with Tom Robinson's wife. They are blamed, in different ways, for a petulance in the African American community. Aunt Alexandra continues to smile through the insults. 

Although she disapproves of Atticus's role in the Robinson case, she becomes upset upon hearing news of Robinson's death during one of her parties. Her ability to continue on leads Scout to state that "if Auntie could be a lady at a time like this, so could I."

Scout also learns what a fierce family loyalty looks like from her Aunt Alexandra. From Miss Maudie, Scout learns a number of lessons and gathers insights about her father. Miss Maudie tells Scout and Jem that Atticus is the same in his own house as he is on the public streets. She tells them that Atticus is or was the "best shot" in Maycomb, but gave up shooting out of a deep sense of fairness. 

Maudie encourages Scout to be strong and brave and to respect her father. When Scout is confused about how to view Atticus, Miss Maudie helps to build a positive picture of Atticus for the child. 

Repeating something she has already said to Scout, Miss Maudie also helps Aunt Alexandra fix her view on Atticus Finch, emphasizing the value of Atticus role in Maycomb. 

Miss Maudie tells Aunt Alexandra that Atticus is being paid the highest form of respect; the people are trusting him to do right...


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