Why does Atticus tell Jem and Scout they have to change their snowman?

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teacherscribe | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Jem models his snowman after Mr. Avery, who stays in one of Miss Maudie's rooms.  Atticus has him change it because he fears that it might be construed as an insult.  This stays true to how Atticus made Jem, Scout, and Dill stop their plays when he realized they were mimicking the lives of the Radley's.  It too is Atticus's way of reminding the children that their actions have consequences.  They might think the snowman is humorous, but Mr. Avery might not share that same sentiment.

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Atticus thinks Jem should change the snowman because it too closely resembles their neighbor, Mr. Avery, and not in a very complimentary way either. "Using bits of wood for eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons, Jem succeeded in making Mr. Avery look cross" is the way Scout describes Jem's creation.  Even Miss Maudie is a bit appalled, encouraging Jem and Scout to modify the snowman so as not to hurt anyone's feelings. Because Mr. Avery "is sort of shaped like a snowman," his feelings would be hurt with this caricature.

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sethalan | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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why do jem and scout not run when they hear noises when walking home from the pagent

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