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

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At first, Scout dislikes her Aunt Alexandra. Aunt Alexandra is a cold woman who does not seem to understand how to deal with children. She also criticizes Atticus 's child-rearing constantly. Worst of all for Scout, Aunt Alexandra wants to make her into a lady. She tries to get the...

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At first, Scout dislikes her Aunt Alexandra. Aunt Alexandra is a cold woman who does not seem to understand how to deal with children. She also criticizes Atticus's child-rearing constantly. Worst of all for Scout, Aunt Alexandra wants to make her into a lady. She tries to get the tomboyish Scout to wear dresses and stop rough-housing with the neighborhood boys.

However, Scout eventually changes her thinking about Aunt Alexandra when she reveals her more emotional side during the trial and even covers for Calpurnia when she has to leave during a tea party. Far from disliking Atticus, Aunt Alexandra cares about him intensely and only criticizes his parenting because she wants what is best for the children, not because she is a tyrant.

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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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