What is Aunt Alexandra preoccupied with in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee?

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Aunt Alexandra, Atticus's sister, is mostly preoccupied with traditional Southern culture, especially in terms of class hierarchies and gender roles. Generally, this preoccupation manifests itself in one of two ways. For one thing, Aunt Alexandra is concerned with maintaining the good name of the Finch family, which has a history of wealth and high class in Maycomb County. Second, she is devoted to ensuring Scout grows up to be a "proper lady," and she moves in with Atticus to provide a feminine influence for his children. More specifically, Aunt Alexandra disapproves of Scout's tomboy personality, and she tries her hardest to force Scout to abide by traditional female gender roles. In this way, Aunt Alexandra reveals she is highly preoccupied with tradition and will work hard to maintain it at all costs.

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