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shnocker11 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 8, 2009 at 7:42 AM via web

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What new insight is gained into Aunt Alexandra's character? Cite an example from Chapter 24 of "To Kill a Mockingbird".

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 8, 2009 at 8:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Alexandra shows us a side of compassion and understanding for the first time in chapter 24.  When in the kitchen, she shows compassion for her overworked and under-appreciated brother.

"They're perfectly willing to let him do what they're too afraid to do themselves--it might lose 'em a nickel.  They're perfectly willing to let him wreck his health doing what they're afraid to do."

She doesn't always agree with what Atticus says and does, but she does worry about him.

Then Alexandra shows true class to Scout when they have to go back into the room with the ladies.  She, Maudie and Scout enter after the bad news, and Scout watches Alexandra and she saw "her head go up as she went through the door."  Alexandra could have spread the gossip to this circle of ladies, but instead "looked across the room at [Scout] and smiled" inviting Scout to offer cookies to Mrs. Merriweather.

Scout sees her as a true lady because of her demeanor after hearing such horrible news.  Scout says, "After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I."

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