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What makes the children hate and fear Mrs. Dubose in Chapter 11 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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rajdarshani | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted May 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM via web

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What makes the children hate and fear Mrs. Dubose in Chapter 11 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

Posted May 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM (Answer #1)

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Mrs. Dubose was a "very old" woman with a mean temperament and a harsh tongue. She was rumored to keep an old Confederate pistol at her side, and Jem and Scout were always "raked by her wrathful gaze" as she sat in her wheelchair on her porch. Mrs. Dubose made "ruthless" comments about the children's behavior and how they would amount to "nothing" when they grew up. They gave up walking across the street to avoid her, since she would only raise her voice to yell at them. She called Scout an "ugly girl," and referred to the children as sassy "mutts." She made unkind comments about Atticus and how he allowed his children to "run wild." However, those remarks seemed pretty tame when compared to the ones that made Jem lose his temper and destroy her camellia bushes.

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