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What elements heighten the contrast between Atticus and Aunt Alexandra? (chapter 13)

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jastine11 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 10, 2007 at 8:19 AM via web

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What elements heighten the contrast between Atticus and Aunt Alexandra? (chapter 13)

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 10, 2007 at 10:21 AM (Answer #1)

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The contrasts are extreme.  Scout thinks her aunt finds her dull while she knows Atticus finds her interesting. Alexandra has "river boat boarding school manners," and while Atticus is a gentleman, he is also very relaxed and unpretentious. She feels she is better than others, while Atticus is quick to tell her that their "generation's practically the first in the Finch Family not to marry its cousins," noting they are as "common" as anyone else. Alexandra wants Scout to behave like a lady, and while Atticus tries to reinforce his sister's wishes, Scout knows that he loves her the way she is, which, at the time, is more of a tomboy than a lady.

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