In "To Kill a Mockingbird", what characteristics does Miss Maudie show after the fire?

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davmor1973 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Miss Maudie shows herself remarkably unruffled in the face of her home's destruction. She's always had quite an easy approach to life, taking everything in her stride. And yet even here, as her home burns down before her very eyes, her fundamental character remains the same. Among other things, Miss Maudie is a very practical woman. Yes, she may have lost her home, but she can always build another one. What's more, that new house will have a bigger garden, enabling her to grow an even more impressive variety of flowers than Bellingrath Gardens.

This isn't all just a front on Miss Maudie's part; she isn't simply putting a brave face on it. This is who and what she is. She has an astonishing ability to move on with her life, taking each day as it comes. If today's a bad day, then there's always tomorrow. There's no point crying over spilled milk—or a burning house, if it comes to that—you just to have pick yourself up and move on.

tpisano eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Even as her house is burning, Miss. Maudie shows her concern for others.  The next day, the children are surprised when they realize that she is attending to her regular business and in great spirts.  They can not understand how she can be so happy when she has lost everything. The way she behaves following the fire show her bravery.

zumba96 | Student

Mrs. Maudie is a really strong character within this book and right after the fire she is perfectly normal as if nothing had happened. Others around her are confused as to why she is so happy about the situation but her characteristics allow her to always look on the bright side and while she is a strong character, like Atticus, she does not discriminate against anyone and is much loved by those around her. 

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