Scout does not have a very close relationship with her aunt. Even though they are family, Scout's childhood is very different from what Aunt Alexandra experienced. As a result, Aunt Alexandra wants Scout to act and dress like she, Alexandra, did when she was a little girl, and Scout doesn't...
Scout does not have a very close relationship with her aunt. Even though they are family, Scout's childhood is very different from what Aunt Alexandra experienced. As a result, Aunt Alexandra wants Scout to act and dress like she, Alexandra, did when she was a little girl, and Scout doesn't understand why. Aunt Alexandra constantly projects her views and opinions onto Scout and most of them are difficult for the little girl to understand. Aunt Alexandra is not an affectionate person, either, so the way she projects her opinions onto Scout seems brazen at times. For example, Aunt Alexandra doesn't like Scout wearing pants. When Scout argues that she finds it difficult to do certain things in a dress, her Aunt says that she shouldn't be doing anything that requires pants. In the same conversation, Scout also remembers the following:
". . . Aunty said that one had to behave like a sunbeam, that I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year. She hurt my feelings and set my teeth permanently on edge. . ." (81).
What Aunt Alexandra doesn't understand is that the way to change a child's behavior is through love, not through bossiness. Because there is a huge generation gap, too, Scout notices the following when Aunt Alexandra comes to live with them in chapter 13:
"Aunt Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a hand into a glove, but never into the world of Jem and me" (131-132).
Aunt Alexandra brings her opinions with her when she moves in and they don't help her to connect with her niece at all. In fact, when Scout feels the desire to befriend Walter Cunningham, Jr., Aunt Alexandra puts another wall between herself and Scout by telling her that she can't be friends with the boy. When Scout asks why she can't be friends with Walter, Aunt Alexandra says the following:
"Because—he—is—trash, that's why you can't play with him. I'll not have you around him, picking up his habits and learning Lord-knows-what. You're enough of a problem to your father as it is" (225).
Aunt Alexandra is just as prejudiced as other white people in Maycomb. Because of this, and the way she treats her niece, Scout does not bond with her aunt. Scout knows that she must obey Aunt Alexandra, but even that is difficult for her sometimes. Therefore, Scout and Aunt Alexandra are not close, they don't have much in common, and they struggle to live with each other for the most part.