In what ways are Miss Maudie and Atticus similar? Think about the role they each play in To Kill a Mockingbird amongst their own gender. To which archetype could these characters connect? 

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Both Miss Maudie and Atticus are persons of great integrity. They both treat others fairly and respect the individual; in addition, they are consistently thoughtful of others.

  • When the children become preoccupied with Boo Radley, Miss Maudie tells them that the Radley house is a sad house. Later, she tells them the history of Boo. Atticus, too, encourages the children to leave Boo alone and respect his privacy.
  • Much like Atticus, whom Miss Maudie says is the "same in his house as he is on the public streets," Miss Maudie treats the children like adults and never talks down to them.
  • Miss Maudie concurs with Atticus about not killing mockingbirds. She tells the children that mockingbirds do nothing but sing all day.
  • Much like Atticus, Miss Maudie disapproves of hypocrisy. When the "footwashers" ride by at the head to the courthouse before the trial begins, Miss Maudie retaliates with their use of Scripture by quoting from the Bible herself. In his closing remarks to the Robinson trial, Atticus rebukes hypocrites in his closing remarks as an example of how educators misuse the precept of Jefferson's that all men are created equally.
  • Both Miss Maudie and Atticus feel that African-Americans should be treated with respect,  as they would anyone else. At the Missionary Tea, Miss Maudie defends the maid Sadie with her cynical words to Mrs. Merriweather by asking if Mr. Merriweather chokes on his breakfast.  Further, she points out how Atticus has countered the hypocrisy of mistreatment of African-Americans, and is left to stand up for those

....handful of people who say a fair trial is for everybody, not just us; the handful of people with enough humility...." 

  • Miss Maudie, like Atticus is sympathetic toward people. She defends Boo Radley, she consoles Scout and Jem's Aunt Alexandra at the tea after Mrs. Merriweather has criticized Atticus; she defends Boo's right to privacy. Atticus is polite to Mrs. Merriweather.
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