In To Kill a Mockingbird, what does Scout think of her Aunt Alexandra?

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In Chapter 9, Scout compares her Aunt Alexandra to Mount Everest because she is "cold and there." Scout does not appreciate her aunt's austere attitude and disagrees with Alexandra's view that she should dress and act more feminine. Scout views Aunt Alexandra with contempt because she is continually criticizing her lifestyle and tries to control her. Scout tries her best to avoid Alexandra, and even attempts to attack her after Alexandra calls Walter Cunningham Jr. "trash." Throughout the majority of the novel, Scout struggles to get along with her aunt. However, at the end of the novel Scout begins to notice Alexandra's soft side. The more Scout matures, the more she begins to realize that underneath Alexandra's hard exterior is a family member who wishes her the best.

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