How would you explain or justify Aunt Alexandra's behavior toward Scout, Calpurnia, and her disapproval of Scout and what she likes to do?During Aunty's stay with the Finches, she seems to...

How would you explain or justify Aunt Alexandra's behavior toward Scout, Calpurnia, and her disapproval of Scout and what she likes to do?

During Aunty's stay with the Finches, she seems to disapprove regularly of what Scout chooses to do and how she went to the court room to watch the trial. Or how she doesn't want her wearing overalls. How would you explain this behavior?

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Aunt Alexandra clearly has firm notions of what it means to be well-behaved and she strives to instil these in Scout. She appears quite strict and severe, but we can assume that this is the result of her own upbringing, and  in the same way she wants to pass on these values to the next generation. Scout's tomboyish actions and clothes horrify her, but Scout is too young to understand why she makes a fuss. She wants Scout to wear pretty dresses and conduct herself like a lady. According to Aunt Alexandra, such actions as going to court and wearing overalls are completely unladylike. Alexandra also disapproves of Calpurnia because she is black, and a servant. Alexandra holds that in order to be genteel and ladylike one should not mix with the lower classes or people of different race.

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