How does Aunt Alexandra feel about Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
Aunt Alexandra does not approve of Scout's lifestyle and personality throughout the novel. Alexandra wishes that Scout would wear dresses and attend social functions with other females, instead of wearing overalls and playing outside with Jem and Dill. Alexandra is rather strict and does not hesitate to criticize Scout whenever she feels it is necessary. She also believes that children should have an understanding of their family's history, which is another thing that does not interest Scout. Scout has little in common with her aunt and purposely tries to avoid Alexandra. Alexandra also views Scout as being "dull" because Scout rarely speaks to her when the family gets together. Overall, Aunt Alexandra feels that Scout is an immature tomboy that needs to develop manners as well as social skills.
Although Aunt Alexandra does come across as insensitive and harsh, she does truly care about Scout; however, Scout does not really realize how her aunt feels until nearly the end of the story. Aunt Alexandra often seems to be overly concerned with Scout's lack of ladylike qualities and makes her opinions known to all of those who will listen. Eventually, though, Aunt Alexandra's actions and words do reveal her love for her brother and his children.