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Describe the relationship between Scout and Miss Maudie Atkinson in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Miss Maudie is a motherly role model for the tomboyish Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Miss Maudie Atkinson is a kind of polar opposite counterpart to Aunt Alexandra: where Aunt Alexandra is controlling and insistent on Scout becoming more feminine, Miss Maudie is much gentler and more accepting of Scout's quirks, she herself being considered an eccentric. Like Atticus, she is a relatively tolerant adult figure in the restricted, traditional Maycomb. Scout observes that Miss Maudie treats the children like adults and never pries into their private lives, so they feel comfortable speaking with her because they know they will not be scolded or judged as they would with authority figures more interested in keeping children in line.

In some ways, Miss Maudie is also a symbolic double for Scout, an illustration of the kind of woman she might grow to be should she resist any attempts to modify her behavior. Miss Maudie is comfortable in overalls or a dress and is uninterested in upholding any gendered standard. She also speaks her mind. However, unlike the young Scout, she is more...

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