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hhsgirly | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 26, 2011 at 11:05 AM via web

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What are some examples from To Kill a Mockingbird that show Miss Maudie's individualism, wisdom, integrity, and leadership?

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

Posted September 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM (Answer #1)

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Miss Maudie Atkinson shows her individualism by choosing to remain unmarried after the death of her husband. She always has a sharp retort for people who anger her with their overbearing religious beliefs (Chapter 16) or unfounded gossip (Miss Stephanie). Maudie displays her wisdom when she tells Jem and Scout that Atticus "has life in him yet," and that "You'd be surprised" (as they were) at their father's many unseen abilities (Chapter 10). She shows her integrity when she defends Atticus after the trial as a man who was "born to do our unpleasant jobs for us (Chapter 22)." And Maudie shows her leadership ability when she scolds Alexandra and then directs her to reveal "not a sign" of their emotional distress after hearing of Tom's death at the Missionary Circle tea (Chapter 24).

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