I'm writing a monologue from Aunt Alexandra's point of view about the night of the attack in To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm also talking about future Maycomb. Any ideas about anything else I should write?
This is for an English assignment and I want to do really well because I want to be a psychologist, and English is the only subject I need to do well on.
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I think one important decision you must make is whether you believe Alexandra is planning to stay for good in Maycomb. This question is never sufficiently addressed when Alexandra comes to "visit." Scout points out that
... "for a while" in Maycomb meant anything from three days to 30 years. (Chapter 13)
I've always wondered whether Alexandra will ever return to Finch's Landing, or if she actually plans to stay with Atticus until the children are grown. Your talk about the future of Maycomb will depend at least somewhat on from where Alexandra is speaking--as a resident of Maycomb or as an outsider looking in from Finch's Landing.
Concerning the night of the attack, Alexandra makes it clear that she blames herself at least somewhat for the children's predicament. Alexandra has a premonition earlier in the evening when
"... somebody just walked over my grave." (Chapter 27)
But she does not understand its importance until after the children are attacked. Later, she tells Atticus and Sheriff Tate that
"... this is my fault... I should have--" (Chapter 29)
Alexandra has lost some of the hardness she displays in the earlier chapters, so the tone in your monologue may want to be a bit softer than when she refuses to allow Walter Cunningham Jr. to come and play with Scout. On the night of the attack, Alexandra has changed--calling Scout "darling" and bringing her overalls to wear--but you will have to address the question of whether it is just temporary or a permanent change.
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