Describe Miss Maudie's personality in To Kill a Mockingbird.  

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Oh Miss Maudie, what a personality!  Miss Maudie Atkinson is the epitome of strength.  Living across the street from Jem and Scout, Miss Maudie is brave enough to look forward to the future even in the event that her house burns down.  (Miss Maudie explains that now she can build a smaller one with more room for flowers.)  No doubt, though, that Miss Maudie has a bit of mischief in her yet.  She does tease the children with her intellect and spit back Bible verses to those who would go so far as to defame her garden.  Probably one of the most important aspects of Miss Maudie's personality is that she confirms Atticus' idea that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird because "they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us."  This, as well as the fact that she doesn't talk down to the Finch children and treats them like equals, places her in the same moral plane as Atticus in the mind of the reader.  There can be no higher moral plane than that.

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