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In "To Kill a Mockingbird", why do Jem and Scout have mixed feelings about...

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shannyn | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2009 at 6:04 AM via web

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In "To Kill a Mockingbird", why do Jem and Scout have mixed feelings about Christmas?

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imakeeper34 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2009 at 6:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Because their relatives are coming over and they dont get along with them. [scout gets in a fight with her cousin], also her aunt and her have some beef between them, since her aunt doesnt like her that much. her uant thinks that scout needs to be more lady like and wear dresses and such. therefore, scout doenst want to deal with her on christmas.

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 2, 2009 at 6:51 AM (Answer #2)

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Scout says that it is the company that keeps her from thoroughly enjoying Christmas.  They go to Finch's landing, where "the fact that Aunty was a good cook was some compensation for being forced to spend a religious holiday with Francis Hancock...[who] enjoyed everything I disapproved of, and disliked my ingenuous diversons."  Scout dislikes Francis so much that she says "he was the most boring child I ever met."  So, that makes Christmas a bit of a bummer to her.  And, that Christmas, Francis and Scout end up getting in a fight, with Scout getting in trouble for it.  So her foreboding regarding Francis, this year at least, was justified.

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