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Describe Miss Maudie Atkinson. Is she considered a typical Maycomb woman? What do the children think of her?  

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Miss Maudie is a strong and independent woman who uses a great sense of humor to tackle the adversities of life—and she utilizes these qualities to provide guidance to the Finch children during a difficult period of Maycomb's history.

If Stephanie Crawford and her incessant gossip represents the average Maycomb woman, Miss Maudie stands in firm opposition to such behavior. She enjoys putting Miss Stephanie in her place when given the chance, such as the time Miss Stephanie claimed that Boo Radley was tormenting her:

Stephanie Crawford even told me once she woke up in the middle of the night and found him looking in the...

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She is a woman who also believes in the justice and righteousness that Atticus serves to represent. She is not the typical bossy or racist woman you would see, but in fact is someone who looks on the bright side of things. When her house caught on fire she didn't feel bad about why it happened, but instead looked on the bright side and tried to make the mood lighter. 

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