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Scout compares her relationship with her Aunt Alexandra to Mount Everest. (9.103) Aunt Alexandra was “cold and there.” Aunt Alexandra views Scout with contempt for her “tomboyish” ways and attitude. Aunt Alexandra is the typical upper class Southern socialite. She is passionate about her family’s history and wishes to make Scout into a proper female who has manners. Aunt Alexandra often opposes Atticus’ child rearing techniques, and thinks that he is too easy on the children. Scout mentions that she never has anything to say to her, which is the reason Aunt Alexandra thinks she is dull and sluggish. Scout is less refined than her aunt, and does not agree with many of Alexandra’s views, in particular her theory on heredity.
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