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Who is Uncle Jimmy in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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spral20 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 22, 2009 at 10:59 AM via web

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Who is Uncle Jimmy in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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jrbyron | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 22, 2009 at 4:06 PM (Answer #1)

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Uncle Jimmy is James "Jimmy" Hancock, the husband of Atticus's sister (and Scout's aunt) Alexandra Hancock.  In the course of the novel, Scout mentions that she had never taken notice of Uncle Jimmy because the only words he ever spoke to her was to tell her to get off of a fence.  Scout mentions that Alexandra herself did not take much notice of her husband either, suggesting that they do not have a happy or close marriage.  Uncle Jimmy is the father of Alexandra's son Henry and the grandfather of Alexandra's son Francis.  Uncle Jimmy does not go to Maycomb with his wife but, instead, stays at home.  When Scout asks Alexandra whether she misses her husband, Alexandra doesn't respond.  This leads Scout to state that "Uncle Jimmy present or Uncle Jimmy absent made not much difference, he never said anything."  For Scout, Uncle Jimmy is a non-descript, silent man who seems to be of virtually no importance to her, his wife, or the story itself.

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