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What  does this simile mean:  "Aunt Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a...

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maka13 | Honors

Posted May 9, 2012 at 1:45 AM via web

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What  does this simile mean:  "Aunt Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a hand  in a glove, but never into the world of Jem and me."

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lhc | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 9, 2012 at 2:00 AM (Answer #1)

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When Scout makes this observation, she is referring to Aunt Alexandra's connections to Maycomb, and her (Alexandra's) easy adjustment into the routines and neighborhood gossip of the community.  Alexandra believes strongly in "good families", believes that the Finches fit this description, and although she doesn't state it directly, she is a firm believer in the social structure of the Old South, particularly as it applies to whites' superiority over blacks.  She and Atticus experience conflict at times; Atticus has worked hard to teach his children to be respectful of people, even Calpurnia--even though she is black.  Atticus doesn't really understand all the fuss made by Southerners on the subject of blacks:  "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up is something I don't pretend to understand." So when Scout observes that her aunt does not fit into the world of her and her brother, she is probably somewhat referrng to the conflict in values that sometimes occurs between Alex and Atticus; she is probably also referring to Alexandra's ongoing and largely unsuccessful campaign to turn Scout into a proper, Southern young lady, and to make both children mindful of what she considers to be the Finches' superior Southern pedigree. 

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